Conte admits he has to take ‘a risk’ by playing two Spurs stars despite fitness concerns

Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has admitted that it will be a risk to play Cristian Romero and Son Heung-min for the third time in just over a week since both players only recently returned from long-term injury lay-offs.

Romero was out of action for nearly three months after picking up a hamstring injury while on international duty with Argentina back in November.

The centre-back played all ninety minutes in the FA Cup fourth-round clash against Brighton and Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to Southampton.

Meanwhile, Son played 70 minutes in the 3-1 win over Brighton and played all 90 in the defeat to the Saints – a game in which he found the back of the net in the second half.

Conte admitted that both players will start against Wolves on Sunday, admitting that he cannot afford to rest either of them. The Italian insisted that he has no choice but to play Romero against Bruno Lage’s men given that Eric Dier still remains out injured.

When asked about the risk of playing Son and Romero three times in just over a week, the 52-year-old told Football.London: “Yeah, but we need them.

“I know very well to play three games in eight days could be a bit of a risk but we need them. They’re important players for us, especially at the back.

“Dier at this moment is out and Romero has to play. Sonny, we need upfront because he’s an important player. I think I’m not telling you a stupid thing that these are important players. They will play.”

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I think it is worth remembering that Romero started training with the squad even before the January international break. So, one would think that the Argentine will now be pretty close to 100 per cent.

Son is also an extremely fit player and usually recovers quite quickly from injuries. So, I do not think it will be a particularly huge risk to start both players against Wolves.

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