Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has confirmed that Cristian Romero and Sergio Reguilon are ruled out of the season due to injury.
Romero was not selected for Tottenham’s 3-0 victory against Arsenal on Thursday night as Conte said the 24-year-old has been unavailable because “he received a hit on his hip at the end of the game against Liverpool”.
Romero has proven a hugely important figure during his first season at Spurs, starting 21 Premier League games thus far and helping Conte’s side find form after a three-month injury lay-off between November and January.
When asked about the Argentine international’s absence, Conte added: “For sure, it (Romero’s injury) was a big loss for us but at the same time I want to praise Davinson Sanchez’s performance (against Arsenal).
“To have guys like Sanchez and Rodon in the squad, players who if they don’t play every game, they stay focused and work very hard. Then, when there is a situation when they have to play, they show they’re in fantastic form.
“It’s right to praise Sanchez for the game he played tonight.”
He added: “We understood in the last few days that Romero had a serious injury and has finished this season, because there are only two games to go and he has no time to recover for these two games.”
Sergio Reguilon is another player that will not return for the club this campaign, with Conte confirming that “he is out and not available for the rest of the season as there are ten days left”.
Tottenham have a quick turnaround as they aim to make a late push for a top-four finish.
After Thursday night’s victory against north London rivals Arsenal, they take on Burnley on Sunday for a midday kick-off.
With two games remaining in the league season, Tottenham are one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal and Conte needs to ensure his side are in position to pounce should Arsenal slip-up against Newcastle or Everton.
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