The Lowdown: Spurs back in action
The north London club are back in league action this afternoon after drawing 1-1 against Sporting CP in the Champions League on Wednesday under controversial circumstances.
In terms of which players Antonio Conte has available to him for selection, it appears as though he will be without two key attacking figures for this match against the Cherries.
Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski have missed the last five and nine games respectively, and despite initial hopes the latter would be back by now, it appears Conte will have to make do without both forwards again.
The Latest: A double blow
In a recent Twitter post from journalist Rob Guest, he relayed news from Conte in his latest press conference that both Kulusevski and Richarlison are ‘missing’ today again.
Kulusevski has been out of action since the start of the month with a thigh injury, leaving Spurs with just three wins out of the eight games he’s missed across the Premier League and Champions League.
With Richarlison, he’s been out with a calf issue he picked up during the club’s 2-0 win over Everton earlier this month.
The Verdict: A big miss for Conte
Bearing in mind that the duo have the two highest rates of goal-creating actions per 90 minutes in the league this season at Spurs, with the Brazilian topping the list with 0.73 and the Swedish international in second place with 0.72, this is a huge blow for the manager.
Are you confident Spurs will beat Bournemouth without Kulusevski and Richarlison?
Luckily for the Lilywhites, Bournemouth have the joint-worst defensive record in the league for this campaign with 23 goals conceded across 12 games, which may make the absence of Richarlison and Kulusevski not as much of a concern for this occasion.
Despite this, it’s safe to suggest that the Spurs manager will want to have the two attacking players back fit and available as soon as possible before the World Cup arrives.
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