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Thursday 23 January 2020

Jose hoping Robbie and Boro can help out

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Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane

Jose Mourinho is hoping old boys Jonathan Woodgate and Robbie Keane do Spurs a favour by fielding Middlesbrough's second team when they return to North London for their FA Cup third round replay.

The Spurs boss saw his Premier League side come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadiumy, meaning Boro boss Woodgate, who scored the winner as the London club won its last trophy in the 2008 League Cup final, and free-scoring striker Keane will return hoping to spring an upset.

Mourinho said: "They go to our new stadium - that was never their stadium, but will always be their stadium because when you are a Tottenham player, you are Tottenham forever, so I think it is great for them to go to London, to our new stadium.

"The fans will show them the respect, Robbie scored so many goals for Tottenham and Jonathan scored the goal that gave Tottenham their last silverware, so the fans will show them respect, the same as they did when Aaron Lennon came back with Burnley."

He added with a smile: "It is good for them. If they can take the second team, even better. They can show they like Tottenham by taking the second team."

Woodgate, however, insisted that would not be the case. The former central defender said: "We haven't got a second team. We haven't got numbers."

Mourinho has confirmed that Harry Kane's hamstring injury is a serious one.

The England captain suffered a tear in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day, although the club have not said what grade it is.

Mourinho did reveal his assertion that it is not a minor injury has proven to be correct. "It is not a small injury, but I cannot speak about (recovery) times," he said.

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