Spurs’ injury woes worsened on Monday as the English global called for the group to concentrate.
Dele Alli has called on Tottenham to’step up’ because their injury crisis in attack worsened before the Champions League tie against RB Leipzig.
Spurs revealed on Monday that Dutch forwards Steven Bergwijn had suffered a”significant” sprain to his left knee during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley – with Jose Mourinho admitting that the player is unlikely to feature again this year.
The injury further restricts Tottenham’s attacking options, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min out before the final weeks of the campaign.
Left-back Ben Davies won’t be available against Leipzig either, with Mourinho’s men trailing 1-0 after the first leg in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Alli, that has been set up as an emergency striker in recent matches, lamented the harm to Bergwijn, but expected Spurs could place the news aside to concentrate on the rest of their season.
“I think clearly firstly it is tough to see Steve get hurt, a new man and a top man,” the England global said.
“I’ve demonstrated that I like scoring goals, though it’s probably not my natural position. But we can not just get our violins out. We will need to step up.”
Mourinho was also preaching optimism, insisting the group still has hope heading into Red Bull Arena on Tuesday.
Reflecting on Spurs’ most current injury misfortune at his pre-match press summit, the Portuguese tactician said:”I can believe it.
“Ben [Davies will be] one week, two weeks. With Steven, I do not expect him to play this year.
“We are used to it. I would say we were emotionally more down with all the other harms, because when you have four or five accidents, what is six or seven?
“We’re losing 1-0 in half-time. We were losing 1-0 in half-time two days ago [against Burnley]. It is something that’s happened to us several times this year.
“You ask me how do you score two goals without Kane, Son or Bergwijn, but there are a number of ways to score goals.
“A Leipzig participant could even do what Antonio Rudiger score and did for us (a personal goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 win).”
Defeat would end Tottenham’s hopes of silverware for one more season, having exited the FA Cup a week, but Mourinho is confident he’ll deliver victory during his tenure.
“I feel that Tottenham isn’t going to be my only club with no silverware,” he said. “I won at each club and I believe I am going to do it at Tottenham.”