Conte: Kulusevsky could miss Tottenham until the end of the World Cup

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte said on Friday that striker Dejan Kulusevski may not play until after the World Cup, after the Swedish international suffered a setback as he was recovering from a tendon injury. knee. Kulusevsky, 22, has been a key player in Tottenham’s squad since he joined from Juventus last January. He has missed the last 6 games after getting injured while playing for his country. Conte said on Monday that Kulusevsky is close to regaining full fitness, but now fears he may return after the World Cup break, which will begin on November 14 and end on December 25, is over. “His recovery period was going well, then one day it got worse,” Conte told reporters before hosting Newcastle United on Sunday. And when that happens, you have to start over. “” I think we’ll have to wait a bit to see him with us again, “he added. Richarlison continues to miss a calf injury, but Emerson Royal has become available after his term expired. three-game ban. Conte joked that he may have to tie his shoes, referring to his return to stadiums again, to help his team due to the numerical shortage with Lucas Moura’s long absence. “At the moment we have (Harry) Kane and Son Heung-min in good health “, said Conte. I hope they continue like this or I’ll have to put on my shoes to play.” Tottenham are third in standings, with 23 points, tied with Manchester City, and four points behind leaders Arsenal, and hopes to put aside the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United last Wednesday. Sixth-placed Newcastle are five points behind Tottenham. Eddie Howe’s team have not lost in their last six games and have only lost once in this season. “We have to look at Newcastle in first place as one of the most dangerous teams in the league, in terms of the Champions League and in the competition for the titles, “said Conte.” They had the ability to enter the transfer market and become one of the best teams in England “. (Reuters)