Corriere Dello Sport have revealed that Antonio Conte could be in line to return to the bench for Tottenham’s Premier League fixture against Leicester City or for the first leg of the club’s Champions League clash at AC Milan.

Tottenham revealed yesterday morning that Conte was diagnosed with cholecystitis, an inflammation of the gallbladder, and was to undergo surgery to remove his gallbladder on the same day.

The statement read: “Antonio Conte recently became unwell with severe abdominal pain.

“Following a diagnosis of cholecystitis, he will be undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder today (Wednesday) and will return following a period of recuperation.

“Everyone at the Club wishes him well.”

The Spurs head coach provided an update on his Instagram story yesterday evening to confirm that the surgery had gone well and that he was already feeling better. The 53-year-old thanked fans for their messages of support and added that he cannot wait to get out onto the field.

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.”

Corriere have revealed that while there is no confirmation yet on Conte’s return date, they suggested that procedures like the one the Italian underwent can involve a recovery period of up to a month and a half, which is contrary to the NHS‘ typical recovery of around a fortnight to return to normal activities.

However, it is explained that since the Spurs boss is physically in excellent health, it is hoped that he could be back much sooner.

The report states that while Conte will definitely miss the visit of Manchester City on Sunday, he could be back in some capacity for Tottenham’s fixture at the King Power Stadium on February 11 or for their trip to the San Siro to face AC Milan on February 15.

Antonio Conte

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While Conte will want to be back on the bench as soon as possible, Tottenham should insist that the Italian takes as much time as he needs to recover fully.   Knowing that Conte is a workaholic, he will no doubt be wanting to be involved as much as possible in the preparation of the upcoming matches, even if this takes place by video call.

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