Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has made his negative feelings towards the current international break clear with a sarcastic Instagram post.
Mourinho has seen the majority of his Spurs squad leave the secure Premier League bubble to jet off across Europe – and further in some instances – to take part in friendlies as well as Nations League matches and World Cup qualifiers.
To darken his mood further, right-back Matt Doherty has tested positive for coronavirus after he played for the Republic of Ireland against Wales on Sunday, while Son Heung-min was forced to quarantine in a hotel in Austria after six of his South Korea team-mates caught the virus.
In an Instagram post dripping with sarcasm, Mourinho posted a picture of him doing some weights in the gym with the caption: “Amazing week of football. Great emotions in the national team matches, superb friendlies and total safety.
“Covid test results after matches been played, randomers running on the pitch while team sessions are taking place and much more.
“After another training session with only 6 players, it is now time to take care of myself.”
Doherty, who was pictured hugging Gareth Bale after the final whistle against Wales, will miss the game with Manchester City.
Mourinho ready to offload Gedson
Meanwhile, Mourinho insists he will not stand in the way of a possible return to Benfica for midfielder Gedson Fernandes.
Fernandes, 21, joined Spurs on an 18-month loan deal back in January this year. However, things have not gone to plan, with only 13 appearances in all competitions for the youngster.
Yet to make a Premier League start, he has featured for just 61 minutes in the top flight. It seems as though he is now surplus to requirements at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Portuguese tactician has a wealth of talent at his disposal in the middle of the park. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli are above Fernandes in the ranks.
Mourinho refused to be too negative about the Portugal international but hinted he could be on his way.
“For me it is never a problem, but a solution,” he told Sport TV. “Having him in the squad, even if he is not called up and not playing, is an extremely comfortable situation.
“I will never be the one to push him or say that I don’t want him here. But I understand the situation of the kid and Benfica.
“If the club wants to end the relationship here, we will be here to collaborate, because we want the good of the player. Benfica has the power to decide and will be accepted by us.”