DELE ALLI is “lucky” to be in contention to face Southampton in the FA Cup after escaping serious injury when caught by Raheem Sterling in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester City, according to Jose Mourinho, who admitted his behaviour during the match saw him go viral “for the wrong reasons”.
Sterling made firm contact with Alli’s ankle in the first half and appeared fortunate to avoid a red card for the mistimed tackle, with Mourinho’s frustration evident after the match.
It was one of several refereeing decisions to grate on Mourinho during the gripping encounter, with the use of VAR once again at the centre of post-match discussions.
Alli eventually came off 20 minutes from time and there were worries that the effects of Sterling’s challenge might rule the attacking midfielder out of action.
But Mourinho confirmed Alli could face Southampton on Wednesday, and says the England international is fortunate to have not suffered serious damage.
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“No, it’s not as bad [as we first thought],” Mourinho told reporters. “So, there is a chance of him playing tomorrow [Wednesday], let’s wait and see.
“Did Sterling want to injure him? I don’t think so, I don’t believe that he wanted [to hurt Alli]. So, respect to Sterling, I have no problem at all.
“But the intention does not count. What counts is the action. It is a red card .”