Conte confirms defensive blow & provides update on Ndombele’s future

Antonio Conte confirms a defensive blow & provides update on Ndombele’s Spurs future


Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has, on Friday afternoon, provided an update on the wellbeing of his squad, ahead of this weekend’s fast-approaching North London Derby.

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One of two marquee fixtures in the Premier League this weekend is of course set to play out on Sunday evening.

After Manchester City and Chelsea go head to head on Saturday afternoon, the aforementioned Tottenham will play host to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, in the latest edition of the North London Derby.

Obvious rivalries aside, the clash marks a crucial one when it comes to the top-4 race in the English top-flight, with Spurs aware that a victory would see them climb clear of Arsenal into 5th, whilst boasting a hefty pair of games in hand.

Such a result, though, would require a bounce-back display on the part of Antonio Conte’s troops, with the Lilywhites fresh off the back of seeing their silverware hopes for the campaign dealt a hefty blow, owing to a Carabao Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Chelsea.

Antonio Conte confirms a defensive blow & provides update on Ndombele’s Spurs future

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea scores their side’s first goal past Pierluigi Gollini of Tottenham Hotspur during the Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Dier ruled out/Ndombele latest

As such, it goes without saying that Conte will be hopeful of having as many of his key performers as possible fit and available to feature from the off on Sunday.

One such player set to miss out, however, comes in the form of Eric Dier.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference this afternoon, Spurs’ boss confirmed that English international Dier, amid a stellar stretch of individual form, has been ruled out of the derby as a result of a muscular issue.

In addition, a fresh case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in the Lilywhites’ camp:

Also noteworthy when it comes to Conte’s press conference on Friday was an update on the future of Tanguy Ndombele.

French international Ndombele has of course seen his name cast back into the spotlight over the course of the last week, after infuriating the Tottenham faithful with his exploits during the club’s FA Cup win over Morecambe.

In turn, amid widespread suggestions that the midfield enigma could yet be on the move this month, his manager was drawn on the situation earlier today.

Conte, though, was keen to reiterate that, as things stand, Ndombele remains ‘a Tottenham player’:

‘In this moment, Tanguy is a Tottenham player. For this reason you have to consider him a Tottenham player.’


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
12 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6

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