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Spurs: Conte sweating over fitness of Kulusevski and Bentancur

Tottenham Hotspur are sweating over the fitness of both Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur ahead of tonight’s Premier League meeting with Fulham.

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That’s according to Simon Collings, with the journalist revealing in his latest article for the Evening Standard on Monday that the duo face a race to be fit for this evening’s encounter.

It follows comments from Antonio Conte who appeared to be unsure as to whether the forward and central midfielder will be fit for the trip to west London this evening, as the duo have both only recently returned from injury and endured a strenuous test against Manchester City last Thursday.

Speaking about the condition of the duo during Friday’s press conference, the 53-year-old said: “It is difficult to answer because only yesterday [Thursday] night we played. I think no [new injuries], but sometimes after one day can happen something you need, especially the medical department need time to make a valuation.

“But I hope not [any injuries] and we finish with all the players, a bit tired, especially the players recovering from injuries like Rodrigo Bentancur, like Deki Kulusevski and only fatigue.”

Huge blow

Considering just how important both Kulusevski and Bentancur have been for Spurs this season, should either of the duo be unavailable for selection this evening, especially against an extremely impressive Fulham side, it would undoubtedly come as a huge blow to Conte.

Indeed, over Kulusevski’s 12 Premier League appearances in the current campaign, the £62m-rated talent has been one of Tottenham’s most creative outlets, scoring two goals, registering five assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.5 shots, making 2.0 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles per game.

For context, the winger’s five assists and five big chances created rank the 22-year-old joint first and third in Conte’s squad in the two respective metrics, while his average of shots, key passes and dribbles per match rank him third, first and first at Tottenham in each stat respectively.

More generally speaking, the Sweden international averages an extremely impressive Sofascore statistical rating of 7.03, currently ranking him as the 53-year-old manager’s fifth-best performer in the top flight of English football.

Meanwhile, over Bentancur’s 15 Premier League outings this season, the £50m-rated midfielder has done a little bit of everything in heart of the Spurs side, scoring four goals and registering two assists, as well as making an average of 2.5 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 0.6 key passes and completing 41.4 total passes – at a success rate of 86% – per fixture.

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These returns have seen the Uruguay international average a simply sensational Sofascore statistical rating of 7.22, not only ranking the 25-year-old as Tottenham’s second-best performer in the league but also as the joint 25th-best player in the English top flight as a whole so far this term.

As such, it is clear to see that the absence of either player would indeed come as a huge blow to Conte’s chances of picking up a much-needed three points at Craven Cottage this evening – especially as a Fulham win would see the west Londoners leapfrog Spurs into fifth place in the Premier League standings.