Antonio Conte was already without Cristian Romero and Oliver Skipp, who are set to resume training early next week, but now, it appears as if Lucas Moura and Bryan Gil have emerged as major doubts after they missed the team’s final training session before today’s encounter.
The ever-reliable Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard relayed an injury update ahead of kick-off, he tweeted:
“Team news: Conte says Romero & Skipp are sidelined against Forest on Sunday but will resume training with the squad at the start of next week. Gil & Lucas are also doubts after missing training today but will be assessed tomorrow.”
Spurs are about to embark on one of the busiest periods in the 2022/23 campaign.
Today’s game is the start of three matches in the space of a week, whilst the north Londoners will play seven times between now and the 17th of September.
The Italian will need to rotate his side if they are to remain competitive throughout the next few weeks and he has already hinted at the possibility of rotation as the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son will not be expected to play all seven games.
“After every game, I will have to check the situation with all of the players for tiredness and injuries,” Conte told reporters.
“To tell one player that he is going to play in all seven games; it is impossible.
“I am not a magician! I cannot forecast this, but we go game by game to make the best decisions for the team and for the players.”
With crucial encounters against West Ham United and defending champions Manchester City in the English top-flight, as well as their Champions League group stage opener against Marseille, soon on the horizon, this game against the newcomers could represent an ideal opportunity to rotate the starting XI.
Both Moura and Gil would have been in line for minutes, as a result, but with them now being doubts, it could force Conte’s hand somewhat, so he may not be able to be as fresh as he maybe would have liked.
Given his comments this week, this development will surely leave him a little worried heading into a hectic fixture list.