Antonio Conte has revealed that he expects Lucas Moura to be out for a long time.

Moura has not featured for Tottenham since their 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in August, with the Brazilian being sidelined with a calf injury.

Conte admitted ahead of the North London derby on Saturday that he is worried about the 30-year-old since he is not recovering (BT Sport 1 – 01/10/22 – 12:15).

Alasdair Gold subsequently revealed on Football.London that the winger had returned to training last week but had to stop as he suffered another setback on his quest to return to fitness.

Another attacker in Dejan Kulusevski has also now joined Moura on the sidelines, although the Swede is only expected to be out for around two weeks with a hamstring problem (Daily Mail).

Ahead of the Champions League clash against Eintracht Frankfurt, Conte admitted that he is not optimistic about Moura’s injury.

When asked about the former Paris Saint-Germain man, the Italian told Football.London: “Moura (out) for a long time probably. I don’t know (how long) but he has this problem in his tendon and the therapist they are not finding the right solution. He is stopping again. 

“If you ask me that I am optimistic? I am not optimistic I am pessimistic about this situation. To play in this way and to lose a player like him is a big loss for us.”

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Losing Moura and Kulusevski at the same time has meant that the inexperienced Bryan Gil is the only attacking player that Conte could call on from the bench. That is what I expect the Italian to potentially shift to a 3-5-2 in the next couple of games.

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