Nuno Espirito Santo bemoans ‘terrible’ luck as Tottenham face selection headache for Chelsea clash

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Tottenham are facing a selection crisis for Sunday’s derby against Chelsea after losing forwards Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura in last night’s 2-2 draw with Rennes.

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo admitted his side’s luck has been “terrible” since the international break and faces an anxious wait to discover who will be fit for the weekend.

Bergwijn, who missed the 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend after sustaining an ankle injury on international duty, was forced off in the first half of last night’s Europa Conference League group game and Lucas followed after the break.

Heung-min Son is already a major doubt for Sunday with a calf strain sustained on South Korea duty, while Eric Dier is not expected to be fit after suffering a dead leg at Selhurst Park.

Japhet Tanganga is suspended for Sunday’s clash and Ryan Sessegnon is likely to be missing with a hamstring strain, while Spurs’s South Americans Davinson Sanchez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso are not expected back in the country until tomorrow.

The trio have been training in Croatia for 10 days to avoid a spell in a UK quarantine hotel and it is unclear if they will be in a condition to be involved against the Blues, despite Spurs sending two members of staff to assist them.

Spurs finished last night’s match with a makeshift front three of right-back Emerson Royal, teenager Dane Scarlett and Bryan Gil after Nuno hooked Harry Kane early to save him for Chelsea.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s late goal rescued a point for Spurs after they had taken the lead through an own goal.

Tanguy Ndombele could start against Chelsea after a lively performance in his homeland, although he was also limping in the second half.

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Nuno’s side began the season with three consecutive 1-0 wins to take them top of the table but they lost five players during the international break to derail their progress. “It feels painful,” Nuno said of the crisis. “I cannot answer [about who is available for Sunday].”

He added: “It’s been terrible. I must be honest. Let’s not hide behind nothing. After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been very good for us. But this is football.”

Meanwhile, Spurs great Glenn Hoddle has warned that the club cannot rely on Kane to save them again this season and says the support cast must step up.

“Harry cannot have the season that he had last year and hold the team together,” Hoddle told BT Sport.

“He needs players around him to up their game and be more consistent. Ndombele has great ability but can you put your hat on him for a season?”

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