Tottenham have been handed a pair of positive updates regarding their frontline as Antonio Conte has eased fears over a long term injury to Richarlison, as well as providing the latest update on Kulusevski ahead of the Manchester United clash on Wednesday night.
The Lilywhites have enjoyed their best ever Premier League start, picking up 23 points from a possible 30, but had already been without Dejan Kulusevski as a result of a hamstring injury before Richarlison also left the ground on crutches following his side’s 2-0 win over former side Everton, who he joined Spurs from in a £60m deal over the summer.
And there were fears that the injury could rule him out of the World Cup, set to begin in a month’s time. However, Antonio Conte has eased those fears, confirming that he will not miss the tournament and even suggesting that he may be back in Tottenham colours before then, amid rumours that he will only be sidelined for two weeks.
“I can confirm this: that the player is not risking to not play the World Cup, absolutely”, the Italian boss explained. “The injury is not so serious. I’m happy for the player.”
“He has a problem in his calf. I think he needs a bit of time to recover, and then to be fit. I hope he plays other games with us before the World Cup.”
“For sure against United he is not available”.
Meanwhile, he also revealed that Kulusevski will be touch and go to play against Manchester United on Wednesday, having missed his side’s last three Premier League outings.
“Kulusevski is working. We are going day by day with him. I don’t know about the game against Manchester United, the doctors are working with him.”
“It’s the same injury [hamstring]. The medical department are working to recover him but at the same time there are situations that you have to go a bit slowly and not accelerate the process. Sometimes if you do that you worsen the situation.”
We hope to have him in the squad very soon. Deki is an important player for us and Richy is an important player for us.”