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Antonio Conte handed Spurs injury boost ahead of Marseille clash

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a timely injury boost ahead of their long-awaited return to the Champions League this evening…

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Spurs boss Antonio Conte now has a near-fully fit squad to choose from heading into kick-off tonight after Spanish winger Bryan Gil returned to training on Tuesday morning.

Press Association reporter George Sessions showed the 21-year-old dynamo in action alongside his teammates in a post on Twitter, though Lucas Moura is still absent through injury.

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Boost for Conte

Whilst Gil isn’t a first-choice starter at Hotspur Way right now, the hectic fixture list does represent an opportunity for him to be given a chance, even from the bench, where he has the ability to change a game.

It’s interesting that the Lilywhites kept hold of him during the summer transfer window, despite plenty of interest in his signature on loan, so Conte must trust him enough to contribute over the next few months.

Tonight’s encounter in Group D is Tottenham’s fourth game of seven across a three-week period, so the Italian head coach will certainly need to rotate his starting lineup if his side is to remain competitive across all competitions.

Spurs have defending Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday night before making the trip to Portugal to play Sporting CP next week. A quick turnaround and plenty of travelling indeed.

Gil enjoyed a loan spell at LaLiga side Valencia during the second half of last season, where he won over supporters very quickly with performances that have been described as ‘fast, electric, daring, confident and with enough quality to avoid rivals, gain meters and be differential in the danger zone.’

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In the past, the Spain international – who was once dubbed a “big talent” by scout Jacek Kulig – has earned comparisons to both Neymar and former Spurs star Christian Eriksen as reporter Alasdair Gold previously touted him to fill the Dane’s void one day.

“I think we’re going to see a very talented young player coming to the fore. He’s kind of got a bit of everything: he can pass, he can dribble, he’s very creative, he has clever movement,” he said on his podcast.

“They’ve just got to decide, is he a guy that can ultimately become the new Eriksen, because the more and more I watch him play, I think the ability’s there to do that.

“Some have even made a [Luka] Modric comparison and said, maybe he could end up coming even deeper and becoming that kind of player.”

Either way, it’s very clear that Spurs have some player on their hands and given the need to rotate, he could be an ideal alternative to either Heung-min Son or Dejan Kulusevski and that’s why his availability will come as a nice, timely boost for Conte this evening.

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