Antonio Conte nominated for manager of the month despite overseeing one game

With February coming to a close, the Premier League Manger of the Month shortlist is set to be announced.

One of the five names on the shortlist will be Tottenham boss Antonio Conte.

Conte underwent gallbladder surgery earlier this year, which saw him take a step back from coaching.

The Italian returned to the dugout to oversee Spurs’ 4-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City.

He also managed Tottenham as they lost 1-0 to AC Milan in Italy. However, it was confirmed shortly after said match that Antonio Conte would remain in Italy at his family home after a post-operation check following his surgery, with assistant Cristian Stellini assuming charge in his absence.

Cristian Stellini was in the dugout for the wins over Manchester City, West Ham and Chelsea this month - maintaining his 100 percent record from four matches in charge.

Despite this, The Premier League is not planning to make any provisions for Conte’s absence when it names February’s five-man shortlist, with Stellini not set to be mentioned when the nominees are announced this week.

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Josh Barker

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