Spurs head coach Antonio Conte remains in Italy as of this evening and there is growing doubt over his potential attendance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for tomorrow’s Premier League match against Manchester City, according to the Daily Mail.
The Italian underwent gallbladder removal surgery on Wednesday back in his homeland after experiencing severe abdominal pain and was diagnosed with cholecystitis (Spurs official).
Conte took to his Instagram story to provide an update on his condition after he went under the knife and revealed that he was already starting to feel better.
He said: “Thank you for your lovely messages, my surgery has gone well and I’m already feeling better. Now’s time to recover, I can’t wait to get back on the field with the team.”
The report claims that hopes are fading over the 53-year-old’s attendance at the fixture are fading and the expectancy is that he will not be in north London for the visit of the Premier League champions.
Instead, Conte, as things stand is likely to be back in London early next week if he is able to receive medical clearance to travel with the aim of taking charge of the club’s preparations for next weekend’s top flight fixture at Leicester City.
Conte’s place on the touchline tomorrow will be taken by his trusted assistant Cristian Stellini, who also deputised for him during the Champions League match at Marseille last year after being handed a one-match ban by UEFA.
Stellini shed some light during Friday’s pre-match press conference about what has happened to the head coach in the build up to him being admitted to hospital.
He told Football.London: “We thought it was more flu. We have had a lot of players with flu every week so we thought that but when he had scans to check what he was feeling they realised it was a bigger problem and they had to do what they did.”
Manchester City have lost all four of their league and cup games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium without scoring, and Spurs will now have to do without their charismatic manager on the touchline to help orchestrate an important victory.
Not having Conte present at the game tomorrow will be an obvious blow, however, it makes perfect sense only for him to return when he is feeling well enough to be able to contribute to the dressing room.
Risking a setback is not something that should be on Tottenham’s radar with the important Champions League first leg against AC Milan soon on the horizon.
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