Jose Mourinho disagrees with Tottenham statement as he claims Heung-min Son set to miss rest of season
Feb. 18, 2020
Jose Mourinho says the “situation couldn’t be worse” at Tottenham as he revealed he is expecting Heung-min Son to be out until next season.
The South Korean forward suffered an arm injury in a first-minute challenge with Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa at the weekend and though he completed the 90 minutes and scored twice, he now faces surgery and a long-term lay-off.
In his pre-match press conference for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Leipzig, Mourinho suggested he disagreed with a club statement which said Son would missing for only a “number of weeks”.
The Spurs boss said he was “not counting” on Son playing again this season – adding to his woes with Harry Kane also a long-term absentee.
Mourinho said: “We are going to miss him.
“The club wrote a nice statement. If I was the one to write the statement I would write different. We miss him.
“The situation couldn’t be worse. That is obvious. There is nothing we can do.
“We are going to play with the players we have available. I was worried about not having attacking options on the bench – now I don’t have attacking options on the pitch.”
Jamie O'Hara says Jose Mourinho can win a trophy at Spurs
Asked if he would have to try a different style of play with Son now absent as well as Kane, Mourinho replied: “Yes, it has to be.
“You know that I like analogies, and sometimes I do good ones and sometimes I do silly ones – I think in this case, I’ll try to do one for you.
“When we arrived we were on the minus-12th floor, we got on the stairs and we started climbing. But immediately in the beginning, the stairs broke so we were in trouble and we were finding a way to try to get up.
“We found a way, with a lot of work and a lot of effort and we started going and going and going, and when we arrive on the fourth floor, which was where we wanted to arrive, somebody came and took the stairs away.
“So now we are in trouble. Now we have two options.
“One is to give up and we will fall and normally die – because it’s the fourth floor. Another way is to fight with what we have, no stairs but arms. So, we’re going to be on that balcony fighting with everything that we have.”
Harry Winks reiterated his boss’ disappointment that Spurs would be without Son for a lengthy period.
The 24-year-old midfielder said: “It is a massive blow for us. He is a top player.
“He brings more than just his goals to the team. His work-rate and energy and his experience as well. He’s doing so well.
“It’s a massive loss for us. But we’ve got good enough players in the squad as well who can fit in and hopefully we can still score enough goals.”
The injury leaves Tottenham desperately short up front, with first-choice striker Harry Kane also a long-term absentee with a hamstring injury.
Son has been deputising as the main frontman since Kane’s injury but with both players now missing, he has just Lucas Moura as his only senior option to lead the attack.