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Tottenham: Eric Dier is not allowed to participate in derby in North London at home from Arsenal

Antonio Conte takes a blow for crucial clash with Arsenal as Eric Dier is EXCLUDED with a ‘minor muscle problem’ but Tottenham boss accepts ‘all teams are suffering’ at the moment











Tottenham manager Antonio Conte suffered an injury on Sunday ahead of his team’s crucial derby in north London against Arsenal.

The fierce rivals go head to head at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with just two points between the pair.

However, the Spurs will be without central defender Eric Dier for the much anticipated clash due to a minor injury.

Tottenham will have to be without central defender Eric Dier for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday afternoon

Tottenham will have to be without central defender Eric Dier for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday afternoon

“He has a small muscle problem and is not suitable for the game against Arsenal,” the Italian boss said during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“It’s a shame that we have to play these three games before the international break and then get these important players back.

“It’s important to get these important players back, it’s life for us, these players.”

The news will be a huge blow to Spurs boss Antonio Conte as he rushes Arsenal

The news will be a huge blow to Spurs boss Antonio Conte as he rushes Arsenal

Conte’s counterpart Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claimed on Thursday that the derby could be in doubt after losing more players to Covid.

The Gunners now have 11 players missing for various reasons and the roster can only have 12 left for Sunday.

Conte admitted they are preparing for this weekend’s clash, but acknowledged that “all teams are suffering now”.

“As you know very well, we have a lot of injuries and then there is the Covid situation that you have to check every day and sometimes you are in for a surprise,” he added.

“We are preparing for the game against Arsenal. All teams are having a hard time at the moment.’

Victory for Spurs would see them rush their enemies into fifth place.

Tottenham lost in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on weekdays, but can move up to fifth place if they win

Tottenham lost in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on weekdays, but can move up to fifth place if they win

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