It will be a tough clash without the new Boy – Ange postecoglou revealed his super star will be out of the clash

Tottenham have been left sweating over the fitness of star defender Destiny Udogie ahead of a massive fixture against Chelsea on Monday. Spurs, who haven’t played since last Friday and their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, are slowly welcoming players back for a key run over the next month including Manchester City, Aston Villa and Newcastle before mid-December.

There are still concerns over some of the most important players though despite Rodrigo Bentancur coming back into the fold as a surprise inclusion to the team that beat the Eagles last week. The 27-year-old was a late substitute but still returned to competitive action several weeks before anyone had expected.
He is set to be in the squad again for the match against Chelsea and may well see things remain relatively similar around him too. “Obviously a bit unusual because we’ve still got a few days, but at this stage from last week everyone got through the [Crystal Palace] game ok,” Ange Postecoglou explained on Thursday.
Without midweek demands following the early Carabao Cup exit Tottenham will have had nine days between games whereas Chelsea were in action on Saturday afternoon as well as Wednesday night. With this extra timePostecoglou admitted that there had been some time away from the training ground for his team.

“Yeah we’ve had a couple of days off straight after the game because we had a short turnaround Monday to Friday, so it made sense to give the lads a couple of days off and they realise when you have a couple of days off you work doubly hard when you’re in,” he said.

“They’ve had three fairly intensive days so it has been a good week. It’s been an opportunity for us to work on a few things physically, tactically and we’ve had a solid block of training, which is good for us. We want to try and compensate for the fact we don’t have a game in midweek because we’re obviously not in Europe or the Carabao Cup and it’s really important we keep our players as fit as possible, not just the starters.

“Without games in midweek, a lot of guys aren’t playing a lot and we’re going to need them, so we use that time to try and work as hard as we can in training to compensate for it.”

The Australian has found a settled team in general with six players starting all 10 league games and another four being selected from the off nine times. One of those is Udogie but the Italian full-back isn’t certain to be in the side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday.

Destiny is still working his way through it – we haven’t ruled him out [of the Chelsea game] yet – obviously we’ve still got a few days up our sleeves,” his coach admitted. “That’s probably 50-50 at this stage as to whether he’ll be available. Everyone else is ok apart from the long-term ones.”

In terms of those sidelined for the foreseeable, the list remains Ivan Perisic and Manor Solomon, both of whom are looking well into 2024 before their next game whilst Ryan Sessegnon is still out as well having not yet played this season. The versatile Englishman has had a frustrating time of things since Postecoglou arrived.

“Nah, nah, long-term mate, still a way to go,” the former Celtic man said when asked about the 23-year-old’s fitness last week. “Yeah it’s tough for him, it’s hard. When people ask me about being motivated, look at players like Ryan who have done nothing wrong but are working their backside off every day to try to get back. If you need motivation as footballers, there’s plenty of it around.

“You may not be playing or playing as much as you want bit you’re still in a good space where you can at least afford yourself the opportunity to play whereas guys like Ryan have got to work hard to get back to the group


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