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Bale, who hasn't played as much football as he would have wanted since returning to Tottenham on loan in the summer, wasn't in the squad this week during the side's epic 5-4 FA Cup loss to Everton.
Asked about the Welshman's absence, Mourinho said, "Well I think it's better for me to say. So we played against West Bromwich on the Sunday and he didn't play.
"On Monday I was a little bit surprised by him wanting to have a scan because he was not comfortable with some muscular area.
"So he didn't train on Monday and then on Tuesday he trained with the team but I was informed that his desire would be to work with the sports science for a couple of days to strengthen that area where he's not feeling comfortable.
"That's the reason why he's not here."
However the former Southampton winger seemed to go completely against that idea with his post on Instagram around the game.
The 31-year-old posted a picture from training with the caption "Good session today" along with a flexed arm emoji, suggesting everything was good.
According to the Mirror the picture, and the subsequent blame being laid at Mourinho's door not using the on loan star against Everton, has left Mourinho 'furious.'
Now the former Chelsea boss has responded to the post, telling his pre match press conference ahead of this weekend's game against Manchester City, "I have to admit that his post created a need of being addressed. There was a contradiction between the post and the reality.
"Since the beginning of the season, in relation to everything, I've tried to be very private and keep everything indoors but I felt that I needed to address the situation.
"Probably the post was not even his responsibility, but it was showing that training session was 'great' and 'I'm ready' which was totally wrong. So when questioned I had to give the reality of things.
"I repeat for the last time. He was not feeling good. He asked for a scan. He had a scan. The scan did not show an injury but his feelings were still there but as coaches, medical people we can never go against the player feelings.
"So he was not ready for the game. It's as simple as that. If he's ready for tomorrow he's selected for tomorrow."
:speaking_head:"It was a contradiction between the post and the reality"- Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 12, 2021
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho says Gareth Bale's training Instagram post created a 'need of being addressed' after the Spurs boss said he hadn't trained on the day in question pic.twitter.com/KHulI6CqXa
Even if he is available for the weekend, it's unlikely that Bale will start against City, as Pep Guardiola side's look to tighten their grip on the league.
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