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Antonio Conte could still return in time for Tottenham’s clash against Man City

Antonio Conte could be back for Tottenham’s clash with Man City on Sunday, reveals assistant manager Cristian Stellini – with decision to be made tomorrow as the Spurs boss recovers from gallbladder surgery in Italy

  • Antonio Conte could be back in time for Tottenham’s clash with Manchester City 
  • Conte had been diagnosed with cholecystitis after suffering abdominal pain
  • The Spurs boss underwent an operation in Italy and is recovering from surgery

Antonio Conte could still potentially return in time for Tottenham’s Premier League clash against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

The former Chelsea boss underwent an operation in Italy earlier this week after been diagnosed with cholecystitis, an inflammation of the gallbladder usually caused by gallstones.

The 53-year-old had been diagnosed after suffering from severe abdominal pain when he was spending time with his family in Turin, following Tottenham’s FA Cup win over Preston.

Spurs assistant manager Cristian Stellini has confirmed a decision on whether Conte will return in time for the match will be made tomorrow.

‘We don’t know yet when he is coming back. The surgery was good. He’s recovering well at home [in Italy]. We have two days before the game and anything can happen,’ Stellini told the media in a pre-match press conference.

Antonio Conte (pictured, left) could be back for Tottenham’s clash with Man City on Sunday

‘We don’t know yet. The decision will be made tomorrow. We are ready to do everything and Antonio probably the doctor who did the surgery they have to decide for him. We have 48 hours, two days to decide.’

The assistant has been in close contact with Conte throughout the week, as he has been overseeing the training sessions and preparation in north London ahead of the clash. 

Stellini also jokingly replied to a question about keeping Conte calm on his return, by saying: ‘I think nobody here can keep him calm. He knows obviously to have surgery and a surprise like he had on Sunday is not easy. 

‘He’s an intelligent man. He knows what happened. The surgery is not the worst but it’s still surgery. He knows he has to be careful.’

Conte also confirmed yesterday that surgery to remove his gallbladder has ‘gone well’ and said he ‘can’t wait’ to return.

In an Instagram message, Conte confirmed the surgery had gone well and thanked fans for their support. 

‘Thank you for your lovely messages, my surgery has gone well and I’m already feeling better,’ Conte wrote. ‘Now’s time to recover, I can’t wait to get back on the field with the team.’

Antonio Conte announced his gallbladder surgery had 'gone well' in a message to fans

Antonio Conte announced his gallbladder surgery had ‘gone well’ in a message to fans

The Tottenham boss is still considering his long-term future in north London after an emotional six months, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the campaign.

Conte has continually pledged his full commitment to Tottenham despite reports of interest elsewhere, and the manager will be desperate to fire his side into the top four upon his return from surgery.

Spurs sit three points behind Manchester United and have played an additional match in the league, which highlights the importance of Sunday’s clash with the champions.

What is cholecystitis?

Acute cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. It usually happens when a gallstone blocks the cystic duct. 


The main symptom of acute cholecystitis is a sudden, sharp pain in the upper right-hand side of your abdomen. This pain spreads towards your right shoulder.

The affected part of the abdomen is usually very tender, and breathing deeply can make the pain worse.

Unlike other types of abdominal pain, the pain of acute cholecystitis is usually persistent and does not go away within a few hours.

Some people may have additional symptoms, such as:

  • a high temperature (fever)
  • feeling sick
  • being sick
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite
  • yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • a bulge in the abdomen

Treatment and surgery

After initial treatment, any gallstones that may have caused acute cholecystitis usually fall back into the gallbladder and the inflammation will often settle down.

However, removing your gallbladder may be recommended at some point after initial treatment to prevent acute cholecystitis coming back and reduce your risk of developing potentially serious complications.

This type of surgery is known as a cholecystectomy.

If you’re fit enough to have surgery, your doctors will decide when the best time to remove your gallbladder is.

In some cases you may need to have surgery immediately or in the next day or 2, or it may be necessary to wait a few weeks until the inflammation has settled down.

Source: NHS


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