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Revealed: When Antonio Conte is expected to return to the Tottenham dugout

The Italian missed the clash with Manchester City through illness

Tottenham have been handed a massive boost as manager Antonio Conte is set to return to the managerial dugout for their upcoming clash with Leicester City after having surgery.

The Italian underwent Gallbladder surgery last week, a club statement confirmed, and it was assistant coach Christian Stellini who took charge of affairs for the north London side’s famous 1-0 win over Manchester City, which saw Harry Kane become the club’s all-time top goalscorer.

Conte could only watch from home, having been advised not to travel, but is now expected to be back in the Tottenham technical area for the trip to the King Power Stadium to face a struggling Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

Three points for the Lilywhites would lift them into the top four, though Newcastle would wrestle back that spot with a win later in the day, and Eddie Howe’s men still have a game in hand on Conte’s side. However, with Manchester United slipping up against Leeds United, Spurs sit just four points behind the Red Devils as things stand, and are well placed to challenge for a top 4 finish come May.

Conte’s return is timely too, with a trip to Italian giants AC Milan coming up in midweek in the Champions League last 16, before tough tests against West Ham and Chelsea to round out the month.

They will be without Hugo Lloris, who has been ruled out for the next two months with a knee injury sustained late in the win over Manchester City, meaning that Fraser Forster is in line for just his second Premier League appearance for the club.

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Ben Browning

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