As relayed by football.london reporter Alasdair Gold, the 22-year-old picked up another issue despite returning to full-time training at Hotspur Way earlier in the week – as pictured above, he was involved before their midweek win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League and had been expected to feature against the Toffees today.
“Dejan Kulusevski picked up a little knock in training yesterday having returned from his hamstring problem. Spurs awaiting his scan results from today,” the reliable journalist tweeted.
During his pre-game press conference on Friday, manager Antonio Conte delivered an update from his end. He told the press: “We are the same players of the last game. Deki is still not available for the game against Everton. The rest of the players are ok.
“I think we need to have a bit of patience with [Kulusevski]. Don’t take stupid risks. We have to play a lot of games from now until November.”
This is a massive blow to the Italian head coach, who already is facing doubts over Richarlison’s fitness as well, as Kulusevski has been an integral figure since his arrival from Juventus on an initial 18-month loan back in January.
In his early absence, Spurs’ performances suffered as they looked lost without Kulusevski’s presence on the right flank in a 3-4-3.
Against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, Conte opted for an extra man in midfield as they edged to a 1-0 victory and aside from the result against Frankfurt on Wednesday, there has been a struggle to score, managing only two goals in their other three outings since the international break.
Once dubbed a “non-stop machine” and an “absolute monster” by journalist Nima Tavallaey Roodsar, it’s evident that the Swede’s relentless presence in the final third is something that Conte and the rest of the squad, in particular Harry Kane and Son, thrive off.
The £70m-rated dynamo will clearly be a big miss against a resurgent Toffees outfit in N17 later today. Conte cannot be too happy about not having his star man available once again, especially as the signs earlier in the week looked ever so positive.
AND in other news, Conte drops midweek Lucas Moura update…