Tottenham Hotspur have been handed several injury blows ahead of their clash with Brighton and Hove Albion as Antonio Conte confirmed that in addition to Matt Doherty, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga both also remain sidelined for the game.
Doherty has been ruled out for the season after a challenge from Matty Cash in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa forced him off in the first half of the fiery encounter. It comes at a tricky time for the club, with the Irishman having been a key part of Spurs' renaissance since the turn of the year.
It means that Emerson Royal, who has been underwhelming since his move to north London on transfer deadline day in the summer, is almost certain to start at wing-back for the rest of the campaign.
Skipp and Tanganga also out
Worse still, neither Oliver Skipp nor Japhet Tanganga have recovered from their own problems, further limiting the options for Antonio Conte to call upon. There is good news regarding Ryan Sessegnon, however, whom Conte revealed will be fit to take part on Saturday lunchtime as Tottenham host the Seagulls.
Having just beaten another of the top-4 hopefuls in Arsenal, Brighton will come back to north London with their tails up, and hope to continue putting the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons in the European football battle with a result against Conte's side.