Érik Lamela won’t be available for the Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford on Tuesday night, José Mourinho has announced. One of three players at the club to be diagnosed with phase 4 coronavirus over the Christmas period was the Tottenham winger.
Before Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Leeds, a photo had emerged showing Lamela partying at a house with Sergio Reguilón and Giovani Lo Celso – along with 12 other adults, including midfielder Manuel Lanzini from West Ham.
Without explanation, Lamela was dropped from the team.
Although Lo Celso was out with a hamstring injury that will hold him out for most of January, Reguilón was an unused replacement.
After the game, Mourinho shared his disappointment with the trio, lamenting that “every club does the best for its players to protect them all, but then there are moments in private life that you can’t control.” Now Mourinho said, again without explanation, that Lamela will not be at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s visit to Brentford. ‘He is not available,’ said the manager succinctly.
After recovering from almost two months of injury, Lamela had played as a replacement in Spurs’ two games before Leeds – at Stoke in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup and at Wolves in the league.
Mourinho was asked why he was unavailable for Lamela. “It’s not for me to tell you,”It isn’t for me to tell you. “I’m just telling you that he can’t play against Brentford.”
An apology for his actions was given by Lamela. He said, “I want to apologize for a decision I made over Christmas that I deeply regret,” I recognize the seriousness of my conduct and the effect it has on others when I think about it.
I am so thankful to those who are working tirelessly to keep us safe and ashamed that I have let people down.