Updates on the fitness of Tottenham Hotspur trio Eric Dier, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga have been provided, ahead of the club’s upcoming showdown with Manchester City.
First up comes the latest on central defender Dier, whose absence has been sorely felt amid Spurs’ recent struggles at the back.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference on Friday, Antonio Conte confirmed, though, that the English international has returned to full fitness, and will therefore be available to feature from the off at the Etihad on Saturday evening.
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The latest word on a pair of other Lilywhites stars, however, proved of a considerably less positive nature.
Conte went on to reveal that both Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga have been ruled out of the Manchester clash, having come up short in their respective recovery efforts.
Another unnamed member of the Lilywhites’ ranks is too absent, owing to a positive test for Covid-19:
Antonio Conte confirms that he has 3 players out tomorrow but Dier is back. 2 injured, 1 with Covid: “Dier is available. Skippy is working and getting better but he’s not ready. Tanganga the same. We’ve recovered Bergwijn because 3 days ago he had a little problem in his calf.”
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Despite their status as heavy underdogs, Tottenham will head into proceedings in Manchester on Saturday desperate to secure a positive result.
This comes with Conte’s troops, owing to a less than impressive stretch of recent form, having seen their top-4 ambitions for the season dealt a series of considerable blows.
Successive defeats at the hands of all of Chelsea, Southampton and Wolves mean that the capital outfit, so recently viewed as favourites to clinch the Premier League’s final Champions League berth, now sit in a lowly 8th spot in the English top-flight.
Not only that but north London rivals Arsenal, set to play host to Brentford tomorrow afternoon, have positioned themselves perfectly amid their own assault on the top-4.