LEIPZIG (AP) — Tottenham’s injury problems escalated on Monday when manager Jose Mourinho said winger Steven Bergwijn will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
The January signing sustained what Tottenham called “a significant sprain” in the closing stages of last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley in the Premier League. “I don’t expect him to play this season,” Mourinho said.
Tottenham will play Leipzig in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, and trails 1-0 from the first leg.
“Even when we’re dominant it is difficult to score lots of goals for us,” Mourinho said. He loses another attacking option, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min already in the treatment room, and may have to start midfielder Dele Alli in a more attacking role than he’s used to. When Mourinho tried that in the first leg against Leipzig, Alli looked visibly frustrated when he was substituted in the second half.
“I’ve shown that I like scoring goals,” Alli said. “It’s not my most natural position so it will probably take a few games to get used to.”
Tottenham has been plagued by injuries all season, and is also without midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who hurt his knee on January 1.
“We are used to it. I would say we were psychologically more down with the other injuries,” Mourinho said. “When you have three, four or five, to have six or seven is the same, so no problem, we are very confident.”
Left back Ben Davies is also out for the Leipzig game.