Dejan Kulusevski injury update as Tottenham boss Antonio Conte faces decision for Arsenal match – Football.London

  • September 29, 2022

The international break often throws up unexpected knocks and problems and this one is no different for Tottenham Hotspur
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Dejan Kulusevski is a doubt for Tottenham's North London Derby at Arsenal on Saturday after feeling tightness in his hamstring.
The 22-year-old underwent a scan at Hotspur Way on Wednesday after returning from international duty and having felt tightness in the muscle after playing 90 minutes of Sweden's 1-1 draw against Slovenia in the Nations League on Tuesday. Kulusevski also played 84 minutes and grabbed an assist in his country's 4-1 defeat at Serbia on Saturday.
Now the Swede, who has 17 goal involvements in 25 Premier League matches – 11 assists and six goals – is a doubt for Saturday lunch-time's derby at the Emirates Stadium between the two high-flying north London rivals. If Kulusevski cannot play then Spurs boss Antonio Conte will turn to Brazilian summer signing Richarlison, who netted three goals and grabbed an assist while on international duty this break.
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The £60m signing from Everton has made a big impact at Tottenham since arriving in the summer and Conte will not hesitate to throw him into the derby atmosphere in Saturday's match thanks to his experience of playing the Gunners during his time in the Premier League with both the Toffees and previously Watford.
The other alternative for the Spurs boss would be to switch to a 3-5-2 with Yves Bissouma or Oliver Skipp coming into the midfield to take on Arsenal and match up with their midfield three, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min as a strike pairing up front.
Conte is also expected to provide an update at his press conference on Thursday afternoon on the fitness of captain Hugo Lloris, who arrived at France duty with a small thigh injury and quickly returned home, and defender Ben Davies, who suffered a hairline fracture to his leg beneath his knee in the Champions League match at Sporting CP this month.
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