Antonio Conte confirms Heung-min Son injury blow as Tottenham face crucial January fixture run

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Antonio Conte confirms Heung-min Son injury blow as Tottenham face crucial January fixture run
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Tottenham have been dealt an injury blow ahead of a crucial run of fixtures, with Antonio Conte revealing Heung-min Son is expected to be sidelined until the end of the month.

Son suffered a muscle injury in his leg during Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs have five matches before the end of January, with League One Morecambe the visitors in the FA Cup third round on Sunday before the second leg against Chelsea on Wednesday night. They also play European rivals Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea in the league before the end of the month.

“The day after [the Chelsea game], he felt a bit of pain in his muscle, in his leg,” Conte said of Son.

“He had a scan and now we have to make the right evaluation from the doctors. He has an injury. I don’t know, but probably he will stay without training sessions until the end of this cycle, for the international break.”

In a separate interview with Spurs TV, Conte clarified that Son was expected to be sidelined for around two weeks.

The Italian plans to rest Harry Kane against the Shrimps this weekend and rotate his side, but it is unclear who will deputise up front, with Steven Bergwijn, who Conte has previously touted for the role of Kane’s understudy, also injured.

“Honestly, Harry played six games in 17 days,” Conte said. “And I think if I have the possibility, I think it’s right to give him a bit of a rest.

“Also because after this game, before the international break, we have four games, very difficult games. Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester and then Chelsea again. It’s always difficult to think, to decide not to start with Harry. But at the same time, in some games if we can take the risk it’s right to take.

Heung-min Son was injured during Tottenham’s Carabao Cup defeat by Chelsea (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Heung-min Son was injured during Tottenham’s Carabao Cup defeat by Chelsea (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

“I spoke with Steven today and his feeling is good. He’s improving day by day, step by step. My expectation and the medical department's expectation is to come back very soon. We need to help him. Also we had a problem with Son during the game against Chelsea. It will be very important to recover Steven Bergwijn.”

Conte confirmed that Dele Alli would feature against Morecambe, while Bryan Gil, Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Joe Rodon are also hoping for minutes.

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