Mourinho talks squad matters ahead of Spurs

Jose Mourinho is not yet in a position to declare John Terry and Ramires fit or unavailable for Sunday’s London derby at Tottenham.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Friday afternoon, the manager gave an update on his squad for the game. Terry was carried off with an ankle injury on Tuesday night in Israel and Ramires suffered what Mourinho describes as a pre-injury to a muscle when slipping on the pitch in Haifa during training.

‘I don’t know about John,’ said Mourinho.

‘I don’t want to say that it is impossible he plays because maybe he plays and people will say that I was hiding it and I am not hiding. Today he didn’t train but we have a little hope that it is possible.

'Ramires is the same situation as John, I don’t know, let’s wait and see. He has a chance.

'Falcao is still in recovery [from injury] and Courtois is training with the team but not playing Sunday. He is making good progress.’

The boss’s latest estimate for a return date for the goalkeeper is during the first two weeks in December, and although he emphasised the importance of Terry’s leadership, he has confidence others will do well at White Hart Lane should the team be without its captain.

‘I have complete trust in Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma,’ insisted Mourinho, ‘which is why in an important match for us on Tuesday I left Kurt out after good performances he is having to show Gary that confidence. They are ready. I am not saying Papy Djilobodji is ready because he did not have chances to play and his is a different situation, but Zouma and Cahill are both ready and if John doesn’t play, I go with them.’

Looking at the squad longer term, Mourinho was asked about January transfer window possibilities, particularly in the light of newspaper stories in the past few days suggesting interest in signing specific players, but our manager is maintaining his view that entering the transfer market is unlikely.

‘These are [media] stores that start on 1 September when the market closes, and stories that will be more and more when 1 January is getting closer,’ he said

‘I know which players are possible and which are impossible but I say what I said last week which is true, I will not ask the board of directors for players. I will try do my job the best I can and try to get results with the players we have.

‘We are in November and we are all focused on doing our job the best we can. We are not speaking about players and about spending. We are just focusing on what we can do now which is to try to get the maximum points possible, try to be in a position where we can smell the top part of the league and believe in the second part of the season we will be able to reach the top positons.’