Gareth Bale misses Tottenham’s Premier League tie with Crystal Palace on Sunday due to the flu… but manager Jose Mourinho confirms that the Spurs and Wales star’s illness is NOT coronavirus-relatedGareth Bale was not named in Tottenham’s squad at Crystal Palace due to illness Manager Jose Mourinho confirms Bale has the flu but does not have coronavirusMourinho claimed Bale took a Covid-19 test this week which came back negativeBale’s place in the Spurs squad on Sunday was taken by exiled star Dele Alli

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Gareth Bale missed Tottenham’s match with Crystal Palace on Sunday due to the ‘flu’ but confirms the illness is not coronavirus. 

The Welsh winger was left out of Spurs’ matchday squad for the trip to Selhurst Park due to illness though the 31-year-old tested for the virus and the result came back negative. 

Mourinho claimed that Bale is not feeling well at all and was not in a condition to be risked for Sunday’s match.

Gareth Bale missed Tottenham’s game with Crystal Palace due to having ‘flu-like symptoms’ 

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho (above) confirmed Bale’s illness is not coronavirus-related

The Portuguese manager told Sky Sports on Sunday: ‘He (Bale) doesn’t feel very well. 

‘Of course I want to say it’s not Covid. Not Covid. He’s been tested, no chance. But it’s kind of a flu. It’s a kind of a feeling, he’s not feeling so well.’ 

The Wales winger’s absence was felt by the north Londoners as Mourinho’s men dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles.

The point saw Spurs return to the Premier League summit but Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can overtake them if they pick up three points away at struggling Fulham.   

Mourinho confirmed that Bale (above) took a coronavirus test this week which was negative

Bale’s absence was a blow for Mourinho’s men who drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday night

Bale made his Tottenham return after a mixed spell at Spanish giants Real Madrid but has played just three times in the Premier League since rejoining the north Londoners.

The Wales international has, however, played in every single Europa League game for Mourinho’s side this season as he competes for a starting spot at Spurs. 

Mourinho elected to pick Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-Min alongside Harry Kane in the front three on Sunday, the fourth game in a row where the trio have played together.

Bale’s place in the Tottenham squad on Sunday was taken by the exiled Dele Alli (above)

Meanwhile, Bale’s place in the Tottenham squad on Sunday was taken by Dele Alli, who made Mourinho’s matchday roster for the first time since the beginning of October. 

Alli has been exiled by Mourinho this season and has been linked with a January move to Paris Saint-Germain on loan. 

Mourinho’s side travelled to Crystal Palace on Sunday unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening day of the season defeat to Everton.

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