Tottenham Hotspur coach Antonio Conte was back on Thursday as his side prepare for Premier League trip to Leicester City but injured Hugo Lloris and Yves Bissouma face a spell on the sidelines.
Tottenham Hotspur trainer Antonio Conte was back at work on Thursday as his side prepare for this weekend’s Premier League trip to Leicester City but injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Yves Bissouma face a spell on the sidelines.
Conte, 53, was diagnosed with cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder, and took a short break to concentrate on his recovery after surgery at the morning of the month.
“Antonio is back and we enjoyed this morning to see him back again, ” Spurs assistant director Cristian Stellini said.
“He’s been training, he’s been to the pitch with us, but he has to take it easy for a bit. It was delightful to see him then again with energy, it was a clinch for everyone ”
Antonio Conte was saluted by another grievous reversal on his return to duty at Tottenham as midfielder Yves Bissouma suffered a stress fracture to his left ankle.
Spurs were formerly without captain Hugo Lloris for Saturday’s trip to Leicester after their goalkeeper was laid off for over to eight weeks with knee ligament damage. In a fresh blow, Bissouma will have surgery on Friday and faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
It was hardly the welcome reverse to the shop bottom head trainer Conte would have picked following his gallbladder operation last week, which forced the Italian to miss the 1- 0 palm against Manchester City while he mended at home.
Bissouma’s reversal is another blow for Spurs as they approach a critical fortnight in their season on three fronts in Europe, the FA Cup and the top- four race in the Premier League. Tottenham were formerly without first- choice midfielder Pierre- Emile Hojbjerg for Tuesday’s titleholders League last- 16 tie against AC Milan at San Siro due to suspense, meaning Pape Sarr or Oliver Skipp will be needed to help Rodrigo Bentancur screen the aft five.
Now, Bissouma is the rearmost casualty and was spotted leaving the training ground on pillars and in a defensive charge on Thursday. before, Conte’s adjunct, Cristiano Stellini, had spoken earnestly of the club “ trusting ” former England keeper Fraser Forster to hold the stronghold in Lloris’ absence – with two apprentices as back- over.
Forster, 34, will deputise for the French World Cup winner while 24- time- pasts Brandon Austin and Alfie Whiteman, neither of whom have played a nanosecond of first- platoon football for the club, contend for a place on the bench. The coming two weeks could define Tottenham’s season, with a titleholders League tie against AC Milan, an FA Mug date at Sheffield United and the top- four race toast up in the Premier League each in the melting pot.
Lloris has suffered an error- bestrew season at club position, although he helped France to reach a alternate consecutive World Cup final, and Stellini claimed “ It’s always better to have Hugo with us.
“All keepers make miscalculations occasionally and it’s not good to have an injury. We prefer to have Hugo with us, but if he’d a nervy moment after the World Cup, Hugo has recovered well and he could use this time to recover mentally.
Still, Tottenham will be without captain Lloris for several weeks after the Frenchman picked up a knee injury in Sunday’s league palm over titleholders Manchester City.
“At the moment, we know we’ve a big loss, Hugo will miss perhaps the coming six weeks, ” Stellini said.
Fraser Forster will take over in thing.
Bissouma will have surgery on Friday to repair a stress fracture to his left ankle, with a timeframe for the 26- time-old Mali midfielder’s return to be determined after that.
The injuries will be a blow to Tottenham, who’s fifth in the Premier League, face a last- 16 titleholders League tie against AC Milan and is also in the FA Cup fifth round. Know More Football News…