Jose Mourinho has been provided a double increase after favorable talks with Dele Alli and indications that Harry Kane is recovering quicker than was anticipated from his ankle injury and might be readily available for action next week.

The Tottenham manager met Alli on Tuesday and thinks the midfielder could return to routine first-team duty as a “essential” figure when more.

Mourinho said the 24-year-old might offer “production and magic” to the Spurs team having stopped working to get regular first-team football. The 24-year-old was deeply dissatisfied that a loan transfer to Paris St-Germain was blocked in the January transfer window by chairman Daniel Levy. Injuries to Kane and Giovani Lo Celso suggested Levy hesitated to let Alli leave without a replacement being discovered.

Asked whether Alli could be a leader again, Mourinho said: “I think he [Alli] has the prospective to be an extremely important player for us, yes. Leader, management – what is that? Leadership on the pitch, management in the dressing room? That is a different story. A fundamental gamer who on the pitch can be really crucial for the team? Yes, the excellent Dele Alli – two years ago he was this, 2 years ago he was that – the great Dele Alli can be very, very essential for Tottenham.”

Mourinho stated he did not prepare for Alli would be back in action in time for the West Brom game or the FA Cup tie versus Everton on Wednesday next week.

The Everton video game is also a likely date for Kane’s return. Failing that, Kane should be fit in time for Tottenham’s journey to Manchester City the following weekend. The England captain suffered injuries to both ankles in the defeat to Liverpool recently.