Tottenham boss Antonio Conte provides injury updates on midfield duo

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte provides injury updates on midfield duo

Antonio Conte has revealed that neither Rodrigo Bentancur or Oliver Skipp will be fit to play any part in Tottenham’s trip to play Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night.

Tottenham head to the Riverside stadium looking to avoid the fate of Manchester United, who exited the competition at the hands of the Championship side on penalties in the last round, but will be without four of their first team squad.

Japhet Tanganga and Lucas Moura have joined the midfield pair on the sideslines, with all four missed Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Leeds United that after saw Marcelo Biel sacked by the Yorkshire club.

The loss of Bentancur in particular will be keenly felt, given his ability to pick a pass and hold onto the ball, especially given that Spurs are likely to have a lot of the ball against Boro on Tuesday evening.

It is as of yet unclear whether he will be fit enough to return to action in the Premier League next Monday, when his side host struggling Everton.

Dane Scarlett singled out for praise

Meanwhile, Conte was quick to praise 17 year old talent Dane Scarlett, who made his Premier League debut off the bench in their win over Leeds United.

The Italian described the youngster as the ‘best prospect from the academy’ but was quick to shut down any arguments that he was only brought on because of a lack of squad depth.

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‘I don’t give gifts to my players’, told the media. ‘If you are a player and you are only 17-years-old, Dane’s working really hard and he is a really good prospect from the academy.’

‘I don’t give gifts to anybody, they have to deserve this opportunity.’

Whether Scarlett has done enough to warrant more minutes in the top flight is another matter.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 27 47 66
2 Liverpool FC 26 50 60
3 Chelsea FC 25 31 50
4 Manchester United 27 10 47
5 West Ham United 27 12 45
6 Arsenal FC 24 11 45
7 Tottenham Hotspur 25 3 42
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 3 40
9 Southampton FC 26 -3 35
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -5 33
11 Crystal Palace 27 -1 30
12 Aston Villa 25 -4 30
13 Leicester City 23 -6 27
14 Newcastle United 25 -17 25
15th Brentford FC 27 -17 24
16 Leeds United 26 -31 23
17 Everton FC 24 -13 22
18 Burnley FC 24 -8 21
19 Watford FC 26 -22 19
20 Norwich City 26 -40 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 11
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Rafinha Leeds United 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 8
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 8
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 8
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 7

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