Nuno tight-lipped on injured Tottenham trio ahead of hectic fixture schedule
Nuno gives his verdict after Tottenham beaten by Palace
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Tottenham face a hectic three weeks if they are to get back on track in the footballing calendar after their shock 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday – and with injuries galore, it may be the wrong time for the wave of fixtures to hit them.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side faced a rampant Crystal Palace outfit, and after picking up injuries the tide has turned against the Portuguese boss.
With French side Rennes on the horizon, it is an unwanted spell for Nuno after their dream start to the Premier League season with three wins from four.
And speaking to the press ahead of Tottenham’s Europa Conference League game against French side Rennes on Thursday, the Portuguese boss was tight-lipped on the situation involving three of his injured players.
“I can tell you who didn’t travel. Sonny, Dier, Sessegnon so that’s it,” the Tottenham manager said.
“We don’t know (if they will play against Chelsea) at the moment. We’ll have to assess them.”
The Korean missed out on the Lilywhites’ 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace this weekend with a calf strain, and looks set to continue his spell on the sidelines as he hasn’t made the journey across the English channel to take on the Roazhon Park-based outfit.
And with Eric Dier out after picking up an injury at Selhurst Park – with Spurs yet to concede in the Premier League whilst he has been on the pitch – it could spell a tough game at the Britanny-based side.
Ryan Sessegnon is also out, although with his squad status not as big as the other two his omission is not vital to the cause.
Tottenham will feature in the inaugural Conference League campaign after finishing 7th in the Premier League last season.
And with Vitesse, Rennes and Slovenian side Mura all to play on occasional Thursday nights, their schedule looks rather busy.
In fact, Spurs now have six games in just 17 days as the Conference League enters the calendar alongside the Carabao Cup.
And with a trip to Rennes, a London derby against Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and a north London derby against Arsenal in the space of just ten days, Nuno will be worried about more further injuries that may crop up in that period.
It is likely the trip to Wolves may give him a chance to rest players with the two London derbies either side of that – although with Spurs’ burning need to win a trophy having not won one for almost 14 years, there will be pressure to play a strong side on his return to Molineux.
Striker and captain Harry Kane is back amongst the ranks following his slow start to the season after missing training to force a move to Manchester City.
The Premier League holders wanted Kane to be the spearhead of their club after Sergio Aguero’s departure to Barcelona.
But after refusing to budge on his £150million fee, Daniel Levy has kept his man for yet another year.
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