Assistant manager Cristian Stellini has provided a team news update to journalists who have attended Tottenham Hotspur’s pre-Manchester City press conference from Hotspur Way this afternoon.
The Italian was on media duties once again today in place of Antonio Conte who is currently recovering from surgery after having his gallbladder removed after experiencing severe abdominal pain,
Today is Stellini’s second consecutive outing in front of the press pack, having also fielded the questions ahead of last weekend’s FA Cup victory against Preston North End.
Such is the protocol, the media are informed of the availability of the Spurs squad ahead of the clash against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions.
City’s visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday represents the second time the two sides have faced each other in less than a month after the north Londoners suffered a 4-2 defeat at the Etihad in mid-January, despite having led the match 2-0 going into the half time break.
Stellini revealed that Richarlison and Lucas Moura are both available for selection, along with new signing Pedro Porro.
He told Football.London: “Yes we have Richarlison had a small problem and now he is available. He has been training this week and he is available.
“No, no [new] injuries. We recover also Lucas and we are happy to say that because Lucas has been training this week. He played 45 minutes with the young team and is back.”
Lucas Moura has endured a nightmare season through injury, featuring in only 11 games for Spurs since August and recently made his comeback after playing for 45 minutes in Tottenham U21’s 2-1 win over Arsenal.
Richarlison has not started a match since the World Cup, when he picked up a hamstring injury playing for Brazil against Croatia, but has made three appearances off the bench and was once again absent for last weekend’s FA Cup tie at Preston North End.
Pedro Porro joined the north Londoners from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day and has been training with his new team-mates this week, but has not had the opportunity to do so in front of his new manager due to Conte being sidelined with health issues.
Tottenham’s next five fixtures in all competitions
Feb 5 – Manchester City (H) – Premier League
Feb 11 – Leicester (A) – Premier League
Feb 14 – AC Milan (A) – Champions League
Feb 19 – West Ham United (H) – Premier League
Feb 26 – Chelsea (H) – Premier League
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