Benfica expected to recall Gedson Fernandes from Spurs loan in January


enfica are expected to recall on-loan Gedson Fernandes from Tottenham this month, but the midfielder is hoping to make his second appearance of the season this week.

Having been left out of Spurs’ Europa League squad, Gedson has been limited to just over an hour of game-time this term, in the Carabao Cup fourth-round win over Chelsea in September. Benfica are planning to exercise their option to end his 18-month loan early during the transfer window.

However, the 21-year-old could still feature again for Spurs before returning to Portugal, with Jose Mourinho’s side set to face Championship outfit Brentford in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday before a visit to eighth-tier Marine in the FA Cup third-round at the weekend.

The match against the Merseyside minnows would be the perfect opportunity for Gedson’s farewell appearance, with Mourinho expected to heavily rotate his squad.

Gedson made 12 appearances last season, largely from the bench, and wants regular first-team football.

Asked about his compatriot’s future last month, Mourinho said: “The situation is sad because he was out of the Europa League list and by being out of that list reduced immediately a chance of nine matches, where we had five substitutions where we rotated the players a lot and we can bring to the bench 12 players.

“To be out of these nine matches, I believe that breaks confidence levels and even dynamics and routines and was very bad for him.

“By having in the Premier League only until now six guys on the bench and the ‘keeper I think it’s normal you go for players with more routine and match fitness.

“So these six months become really, really bad for us and for him and on top of it he’s a kid.

“It’s incredible what I’m going to say, but since he arrived he didn’t miss one single minute of one training session so he becomes even in low levels of happiness or motivation he’s managing to be a very good professional.

“Hopefully better days will come for him and they will come for sure, with us or without us, but better days will come for sure.”

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