The Lowdown: Skipp out
The Lilywhites kicked off their 2022/23 campaign with an emphatic 4-1 home victory over Southampton last weekend, but are now set to make the short journey across the capital to take on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Midfielder Oliver Skipp looked set to be the only absentee after picking up a foot injury during pre-season, but it now sounds like one of Spurs’ new signings will also be missing against the Blues.
The Latest: Conte’s injury update
Speaking during his pre-match press conference, Conte revealed that Lenglet will not play a part in the fixture vs Chelsea due to muscle tightness.
As quoted by Tottenham’s official website, he said:
“We have a little problem with Clement Lenglet, I don’t think he’s available for the game against Chelsea. For sure, for the next game against Wolves.
“He has a little problem with fatigue, he’s a bit tight in his adductor, in the muscle, nothing serious but as a precaution it’s not good to take risks for one game.
“He’s having training sessions apart and it’s good for him to recover well, have good training sessions before coming back with us.”
The Verdict: The right decision
There’s no doubting that Conte will have wanted to get all of his new additions involved as soon as possible, but making the decision to leave Lenglet out is the right one.
Spurs already have plenty of options at the back with the likes of Eric Dier, Cristian Romero and Ben Davies, and the chances of the 27-year-old starting the game would have been slim after being named on the bench against the Saints last weekend.
For now, it’s best for Lenglet to sit out of the London derby and take the time he needs to recover and get up to speed ready for the Wolves contest.
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