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That’s in response to The Athletic’s dependable Jack Pitt-Brooke, who supplied an replace on the 22-year-old’s state of affairs forward of kick-off.
“Dejan Kulusevski nonetheless out for Spurs’ journey to Brighton tomorrow,” he tweeted alongside an accompanying article.
Ought to Conte swap to a 3-5-2 in Kulusevski’s absence?
Kulusevski picked up a problem with Sweden through the worldwide break and has missed each of their current outings – a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Arsenal and a goalless draw with Eintracht Frankfurt within the Champions League.
Lilywhites boss Antonio Conte had hoped he could be obtainable down on the Amex Stadium, claiming: “I hope to recuperate him shortly, however I don’t know if for the subsequent recreation [Brighton], or for the sport within the Champions League in opposition to Eintracht Frankfurt at dwelling [on Wednesday].”
Huge blow for Conte
The Swedish dynamo will sit this one out alongside the suspended Emerson Royal and injured teammate Lucas Moura, although he’s the largest blow of the lot.
It’s abundantly clear that Spurs have missed his presence within the remaining third as they’ve solely mustered up one purpose in his absence, and on Tuesday evening, a entrance three of Harry Kane, Richarlison and Heung-min Son registered solely two pictures heading in the right direction all recreation.
Kulusevski ranks amongst the highest three gamers within the squad for each correct passes into the penalty space (1.64 per 90) and accomplished crosses into the field (0.55 per 90), through FBref, so it’s simple to see why Conte’s assault has faltered with out him, and that’s not mentioning his spectacular G/A file.
Since arriving in north London again in January, the previous Juventus star has supplied six targets and 11 assists, averaging a direct contribution each 114 minutes throughout his 29 appearances, as per Transfermarkt.
Additionally it is, due to this fact, no shock to have seen the Italian head coach laud him as an “vital” participant to this squad as not too long ago as March this 12 months.
The Seagulls aren’t any pushovers – in truth, they sit simply three factors behind Tottenham heading into this night’s encounter, so not having a participant as essential and as threatening as Kulusevski is definitely one other gutting setback on this damage saga.
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