The hopes of Gareth Bale for a long-term future at Spurs seemed to take another downward turn after Jose Mourinho dismissed his injury concerns.
Jose Mourinho expressed dissatisfaction at the ruling of Gareth Bale over the fifth-round defeat of the FA Cup against Everton by Tottenham.
Spurs took their hosts to extra time in a wonderfully unpredictable game, eventually falling 5-4 to Bernard’s 97th-minute winner.
“I think I should say,” he said at a post-match news conference when asked to justify the absence of the Wales star.
“On a Sunday we played against West Bromwich and he didn’t play. I was a little shocked on Monday that he decided to have a scan because he wasn’t happy with a muscular area.
On Monday, he did not practice and then he trained with the team on Tuesday, but I was told that he desired to work for a few days with the sports scientists to improve that field. This is why he isn’t here. I don’t think it’s an obvious, clear injury. I would say he feels uncomfortable. Because of that, he could not be 100 percent, but I don’t think an injury.”