Villa vs Tottenham: Mourinho planning for game to go ahead

The match is thought to be in doubt after a mass outbreak of Covid-19 at Villa, with 10 first-team players struck down with the virus.

Villa played their FA Cup game with Liverpool on Friday night with a youth team, losing 4-1, while Mourinho – whose side had their December 30 date with Fulham delayed due to Covid-19 in the Cottagers’ camp – has said it would be “completely impossible” for another one of Spurs’ League games to be cancelled and said teams should be ready to play with the minimum 14 players.

With no announcement yet from the Premier League on whether the fixture will go ahead, Mourinho says he is making plans for the game as it stands.

He may have been making more of a point about the lack of information from the league, but asked after Sunday’s 5-0 win at Marine when he expects his side to next play, Mourinho said: “Wednesday.”

Asked again whether he thinks the Villa game will go ahead, he replied: “Yeah. Nobody told me that I’m not going to play so (on Monday morning) we start to prepare for that game, and the same Tuesday unless somebody tells us different.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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