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23/1/2023 | 02:15pm
Tottenham Hotspur are sweating over the fitness of both Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur ahead of tonight’s Premier League meeting with Fulham.
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That’s according to Simon Collings, with the journalist revealing in his latest article for the Evening Standard on Monday that the duo face a race to be fit for this evening’s encounter.
It follows comments from Antonio Conte who appeared to be unsure as to whether the forward and central midfielder will be fit for the trip to west London this evening, as the duo have both only recently returned from injury and endured a strenuous test against Manchester City last Thursday.
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Speaking about the condition of the duo during Friday’s press conference, the 53-year-old said: “It is difficult to answer because only yesterday [Thursday] night we played. I think no [new injuries], but sometimes after one day can happen something you need, especially the medical department need time to make a valuation.
“But I hope not [any injuries] and we finish with all the players, a bit tired, especially the players recovering from injuries like Rodrigo Bentancur, like Deki Kulusevski and only fatigue.”
Considering just how important both Kulusevski and Bentancur have been for Spurs this season, should either of the duo be unavailable for selection this evening, especially against an extremely impressive Fulham side, it would undoubtedly come as a huge blow to Conte.
Indeed, over Kulusevski’s 12 Premier League appearances in the current campaign, the £62m-rated talent has been one of Tottenham’s most creative outlets, scoring two goals, registering five assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.5 shots, making 2.0 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles per game.
For context, the winger’s five assists and five big chances created rank the 22-year-old joint first and third in Conte’s squad in the two respective metrics, while his…