Mourinho confirms Tottenham player will miss Man Utd vs Tottenham game on Sunday

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed Tottenham winger Gareth Bale will miss Sunday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

“Bale cannot play tomorrow or even on the weekend, that I can confirm,” said Mourinho on the eve of a Europa League play-off against Maccabi Haifa.

“He is working very hard, very committed, very professional, very happy but not yet ready.

“I believe the two weeks of internationals can be important weeks for his last phase of recovering and fitness problem, hopefully to play when we’re back to the weekend after national teams. Let’s see if it’s possible to arrive there.

“I didn’t speak with Ryan Giggs either but it looks like he understands the player and know how important this period is for the player, and it looks like his decision is not to bring him to the national team.

“In fact, he is not ready, he couldn’t play for them, but to be there and to lose the work he could do with us would be very important for the player. He belongs to Tottenham and belongs to the Welsh national team and it looks like he will have this period to work specifically and it looks like he will be back in good conditions.”