Leicester City given Tottenham injury update as Antonio Conte looks to break 'old habits' – Leicestershire Live

  • September 14, 2022

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Tottenham will be without winger Lucas Moura when they welcome Leicester City on Saturday evening.
Manager Antonio Conte confirmed the news during his pre-match press conference ahead of his team's Champions League fixture away to Sporting Lisbon this evening.
It was confirmed yesterday that the game between Tottenham and Leicester will go ahead, having been cast into uncertainty following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. It was reported that the level of policing required for the Queen's state funeral next Monday would have put games in the preceding days in doubt.
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The Premier League have confirmed the game will be played, though. It will be City's first game in 13 days, while Tottenham will only have four days to recover and prepare after their game in Portugal.
"Only Lucas Moura is still out," Conte said when asked for an injury update today. "His recovery is going well but I think we'll probably see him after the international break. The others are all available."
Conte was also asked about rotating his team, and hinted that he could use the game against City – among others – to rotate his team. That will make the game harder for Brendan Rodgers and his men to prepare for, but also means they may not face the strongest possible Tottenham team.
"I think when you try to build something important, when you try to build something with ambition and try to be competitive and fight to win, you have to change old habits, otherwise it means you want to stay in balance and it means you don't want to have ambition," Conte said.
"For this reason all the players have to accept the rotation especially up front, we have four players. For me especially it's very difficult right now to drop one of these four players, but I have to make the best decision for the team, also for the players. Sometimes it's better to rest and don't start a game, to come in and play only 20 or 30 minutes and then play the following games.
"For sure I'm here to try to change the old habit. The old habit was that the players were used to playing in every game. What happened in this type of situation is that you don't have great possibilities to win. You try to make the players happy, but big clubs have a big squad, a deep squad."
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