Nuno Espirito Santo curses Tottenham’s ‘terrible’ injury luck as Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura are forced off hurt in the Europa Conference League draw with Rennes days before their huge Premier League showdown with rivals Chelsea
- Nuno Espirito Santo said Tottenham have ‘terrible’ luck regarding injuries
- Two more players – Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura- went off against Rennes
- Nuno looks very short of attacking players for Spurs’ upcoming Chelsea match
- Son Heung-min has also been sidelined with a calf injury and is an uncertainty
Nuno Espirito Santo vented his frustrations over Tottenham’s ‘terrible’ luck with injuries after two more players hobbled off the pitch in their 2-2 draw with Rennes.
The Spurs manager could feel pleased with his side’s resolve in rescuing a point in their Europa Conference League opener against the French side, but he could not hide his fury at losing more attackers to the injury list.
Steven Bergwijn was first to leave on the half-hour mark after turning his ankle, an issue that has already seen him miss several Spurs games.
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo cursed the club’s ‘terrible’ luck regarding injuries
Lucas Moura (centre) was one of two players to get injured in Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Rennes
With Nuno having dealt with the Dutchman’s knock, he saw winger Lucas Moura limp off the pitch in the second half after a heavy challenge.
‘It’s been terrible. I must be honest. Let’s not hide behind anything,’ the Spurs boss said.
‘After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been very good for us.
‘But this is football. And we know it’s a moment we have to overcome.
Steven Bergwijn was substituted in the first half after having to go off with an ankle injury
‘Today, we tried to show the players solutions, thinking about the game on Sunday. But it’s about overcoming obstacles. That will make us stronger for the future, for sure.’
Spurs face a tough trip to London rivals Chelsea on Sunday and could be desperately short of attackers given Son Heung-Min is still recovering from a calf injury. The club are hopeful the South Korean can be fit in time.
Nuno is also still without Cristian Romero, Giovano Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez as they quarantine in Croatia following their decisions to travel for international duty in South America in defiance of Premier League rules.
When pressed on whether Bergwijn or Moura would be fit for Sunday’s game, he said: ‘Painful, really bad. I cannot tell you. They are being taken care of by the medical department. But it’s been tough.’
Heung-Min Son (right) is recovering from a calf injury with Spurs hopeful he can play Chelsea
Spurs entered this month’s international break with an unblemished record of three wins from three in the league. However a chastening 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace and their sluggish display in Rennes has left supporters concerned ahead of their meeting with the European champions, who sit joint-top of the league.
Speaking on BT Sport, Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle said Bergwijn’s injury was a major setback given he has had previous issues with his ankles.
‘It’s a real blow for the lad and for Nuno. (It looks like) there’s not much in it, but suddenly he’s hobbling.
‘The problem is he’s twisted the ankle, the very ankle he’s had a problem with. It looks like he’s tweaked it again and that will set him back.
‘I don’t see him playing for a couple of weeks if he’s injured it again. A big shock and a big shame.’