Speaking to the press, Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has now confirmed that another player in Ryan Sessegnon will miss tonight’s Carabao Cup clash with West Ham United alongside Cristian Romero.
The Lowdown: Sessegnon shines against Liverpool…
Handed a very rare start by Conte in their last outing, the 21-year-old was one of three previous Tottenham outcasts to dazzle against Premier League title contenders Liverpool (The Evening Standard).
Dele Alli, Harry Winks and the young Lilywhites defender all attracted praise for their individual displays against Jurgen Klopp’s travelling Reds with Sessegnon coping well on the left-hand side in a wing-back role.
He also offered the occasional threat bombing forward with Conte singling out the Englishman alongside his compatriots after the game (The Evening Standard).
However, in a blow for the Italian coach, it appears Sessegnon won’t be able to replicate that performance against bitter rivals West Ham this evening.
The Latest: Conte confirms Sessegnon blow…
Speaking to the media, Conte confirmed that the 2019 summer signing will miss their clash with the Hammers in tonight’s crunch Carabao Cup quarter-final match.
When detailing the COVID situation, he explained all players affected have now recovered, but Sessegnon has now joined Romero on the sidelines with an injury ‘problem’.
“About Covid situation, all the players – one player tomorrow – but all the players are available,” he explained (via football.london).
“They recovered from Covid and we have all the players now negative. It’s good news for us. But as you know well, for sure with Covid you bring this virus with you for a bit of time. For sure many players at the moment are not so fit because they have to face this situation.
“The good news is we have all the players available. A little bad news that Ryan Sessegnon had a problem at the end of the game against Liverpool. He’s the only player, with Romero, is injured.
The Verdict: Blow for Conte…
After what was an assured display against Liverpool, being sidelined again is not only a blow for the player himself but also a blow for Conte.
Sessegnon is arguably tailor-made for the 52-year-old’s 3-4-2-1 formation and it isn’t impossible that he could go on to become a big player for Spurs in future seasons.
Called ‘special‘ by Slavisa Jokanovic, his boss at Fulham, the homegrown talent is apparently earning Conte’s admiration behind the scenes at Spurs – with a recent report from The Mirror claiming he is set to be given far more runs in the starting eleven.
Pundit Noel Whelan, speaking to Football Insider, even once called the defender an ‘outstanding player’ and a potential ‘£50 million player in the making’.
Yet another injury problem for Sessegnon will certainly come as a blow with both Conte and supporters eager to see how he can develop with more first-team chances.
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