Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mourinho confirmed: “Serge is ready. He trained today without any limitation, so, if not Sunday, Thursday, but I believe he’s ready to play.”
The Ivorian’s performances this season have earned some rave reviews. with former Spurs striker Darren Bent saying after his display against Manchester United: “We know that he’s got all the attributes. I thought against United he was very good, he defended well, got forward, and got a good goal.
“Mourinho for whatever reason is getting the right tune out of some of these players that maybe we thought weren’t good enough. So you’ve got to take your hat off to Mourinho, Serge Aurier has been doing very, very well and was superb against United.”
While the £18m-rated ace may still have his moments of indiscipline and rashness, they have become far fewer when he first arrived on the scene in north London, and his attacking qualities bring a lot to the table for Spurs.
In fact, as per Whoscored, his average match rating this season of 6.99 ranks him third in the entire Spurs squad, only behind the double act of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
The full-back is eighth for shots per game, fourth in key passes, and second for crosses, while he also ranks top of the table for Spurs with tackles per game.
Aurier’s influence at both ends of the pitch is there for all to see, and with Matt Doherty hardly proving himself in his first season at Spurs – so much so that there are even suggestions he could be allowed to leave in the summer – the Ivorian’s return ahead of the game against Burnley will surely have Mourinho buzzing.