Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has been handed a huge fitness boost ahead of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.
Star winger Dejan Kulusevski, who has been sidelined since September after picking up an injury against Marseille in the Champions League, has returned to training and could even be available to feature against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Rodrigo Bentancur could also feature from the start for Spurs, with Conte revealing in his press conference the latest on both player’s condition, as well as what’s next for Son Heung-min after his recent eye fracture.
“Bentancur is much better and is part of training today, it was the same for Kulusevski today he had a half training session with us,” Conte confirmed.
“Son is now in surgery. No decision on the World Cup.”
“Richarlison and Romero are not available,” the Italian continued, referencing the other injuries Spurs have been forced to contend with recently.
“The problem is Lucas Moura is having different phases for his pain in his tendons, today was really bad. I asked him to try and be available because we need him.
“Romero, if he has the possibility to play with one leg, he’d play with one leg.
“We have players really committed to the club. We wanted to take a risk [against Sporting] and he had this injury. Many times I hear about the welfare of the players, but it’s only a polite way to show you’re really interested in their welfare, because they’re not really worried if the schedule is like this.”
Despite their injury woes, Spurs showed great resilience in midweek to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s stoppage-time goal sealing a dramatic 2-1 win at Marseille.