Reguilón back in Tottenham training ahead of Arsenal showdown
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte could be set to welcome back first-choice left-back Sergio Reguilón into the first-team fold as Spurs are in preparations to take on bitter rivals Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday.
Understand Sergio Reguilon took a full part in training today at Hotspur Way. Hopefully good news for Spurs ahead of Sunday's north London derby. More in here on the latest team news. https://t.co/bcYW7rAKn5
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) January 14, 2022
According to Football.London‘s Tottenham correspondent Alasdair Gold, the 25-year-old Spanish international was “a bit tired” as Conte explained the absence of the Madrid-native after he failed to feature against both Chelsea in midweek, and Morecambe in the FA Cup third round.
Reguilón’s presence in first-team training at Hotspur Way is a massive boost to the Tottenham squad as the north London outfit looks to bounce back from back-to-back losses against London rivals Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. Should he not be available, it is expected that England youth international Ryan Sessegnon will deputize in his place.
North London Derby could be postponed
But the fitness and availability of Sergio Reguilón may be of no consequence after Arsenal lodged a formal application to the Premier League to postpone the bitter clash in the wake of the first-team squad under Mikel Arteta being hit hard.
The Gunners could be without up to eleven squad members for the critical clash on Sunday, with a range of absences coming through AFCON squad selections, positive Covid cases, as well as injuries.
Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pépé, Mohamed Elneny, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all in Cameroon representing their countries, while Sead Kolasinać is out injured as well as Granit Xhaka now serving a suspension after receiving a straight red in last night’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
Additionally, Martin Ødegaard is out with Covid while Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Cédric Soares are all possibly unfit for service at the weekend as well.
For Tottenham, this could bode well, however, allowing for the hopeful immediate returns of both Steven Bergwijn and Cristian Romero, added to Reguilón’s updated status.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.