Tottenham will have concerns about six World Cup stars ahead of Premier League return | Football | Sport
Tottenham will return to Premier League action on Boxing Day when they travel to Brentford. Spurs are fourth in the table after winning nine of their 15 matches before the break for the World Cup. But Lilywhites boss Antonio Conte will have concerns about six of his players following their endeavours in Qatar.
Tottenham’s momentum was dented ahead of the World Cup after they suffered defeats at the hands of Manchester United, Newcastle and Liverpool. And despite overcoming Bournemouth and Leeds, the team are in danger of falling out the top four if they can’t improve on their recent form.
With clashes against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace set to follow at the start of next year, Conte will be desperately hoping his team can go on another strong run. But the Italian will be worried about Hugo Lloris, Cristian Romero, Ivan Perisic, Richarlison, Rodrigo Bentancur and Harry Kane.
Lloris and Romero both played the entirety of the World Cup final on Sunday as Argentina got their hands on the trophy for the first time in 36 years after overcoming France following a penalty shootout. The showdown drew a curtain on an intense tournament for both players, with Lloris playing six matches for Les Bleus and Romero appearing in all seven matches for the champions. And the duo may now need time to rest and recover before they pull on the Tottenham shirt again.
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Bentancur is another player who is battling with fitness issues after tearing his adductor during Uruguay’s victory over Ghana in the group stages. The midfielder was forced off in the first half and was seen leaving the pitch in tears. The problem is reportedly set to keep him out for three weeks, which means it will be touch and go whether he will be ready in time for the trip across London.
Conte’s final worry relates to England ace Kane. The striker looked demoralised after missing a late penalty against France in the quarter-finals as the Three Lions were knocked out of the tournament. And Conte will have to make sure the prolific goalscorer is in the right frame of mind to return to the pitch against the Bees.