Conte rules 'excellent' Tottenham man out of Manchester United clash

Antonio Conte has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur wing-back Ryan Sessegnon will miss Saturday’s trip to Manchester United through injury.

The 21-year-old was replaced by Sergio Reguilon at half-time in Monday night’s 5-0 victory against Frank Lampard’s Everton.

The England under-21 international, who had started the last five Premier League games, suffered a hamstring injury.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash at Old Trafford, the former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager provided an update on the former Fulham man’s condition.

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Speaking via the Mail, Conte said: “Bad news about Ryan Sessegnon. He had a scan, a muscular problem, maybe we will see him after the international break.

“We are not talking about a new problem, we are talking about a situation that unfortunately is repeating. Not only in this season but also in the past. For sure we have to try with the medical department find a solution to help this player.”

Conte also said via Football London: “Sometimes though there is a predisposition to have this type of problem. He’s very strong physically and sometimes it’s good to be strong for your body, sometimes it’s not when you’re too strong for your body.

“His performances were good, he was excellent and he was improving. He’s very frustrated.

“It’s very young to see a player like this frustrated by these injuries. It’s a pity. Also we have to work with him in the human aspect.”

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Spanish international Reguilon is likely to come into the side in Sessegnon’s absence. Conte also revealed that Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga will also be absent for the clash at the Theatre of Dreams.

With nine goals scored and back-to-back clean sheets to their name from their last two Premier League games, Conte’s side come into the clash full of confidence.

Ralf Rangnick’s side on the other hand need to produce a response with our Champions League qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

With fourth-placed Arsenal one point above the Red Devils with three games in-hand, United cannot afford to fall any further behind the Gunners with 10 Premier League games remaining.

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