Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has said that he has plans for Dele Alli after all.
Mourinho said: “He needs to recover from his injury, he needs to be back to training and he needs to have a fresh start because in the last few weeks he couldn’t even train. So that’s the most important thing.
“I had a good conversation with him yesterday, we spoke about this and I think we found a very common ground.
“It is an important period of the season for the team and for him also. We need him. We need a good Dele Alli and we are just waiting for him to be back to normality, to training with the team.
“It is not just Dele, there is also Kane and Giovani Lo Celso – we are speaking about players that without all three we miss a little bit of some creative magic around the attacking areas.
“So we need him back and I made that very sure to him. A conversation doesn’t make miracles, a conversation doesn’t put a player in great form or without any limitations in terms of fitness. But I believe the conversation was maybe the extra motivation he needed to be back as soon as possible and to become available for the team.
“We play Europa League very soon and we are in the Premier League every week playing a couple of matches. We are also in the FA Cup next week but I don’t think he will be in time for that one.
“We have a final to play in April so we need a good Dele back.
“When physically he is ready, I believe he will mentally be in a good place to go for it.”