Chelsea v Spurs (Carabao Cup) – team news
Mon 03 January 2022, 15:30|Tottenham Hotspur
The news is more positive on Ryan, who has been out with a muscular injury since starting and performing so well against Liverpool on 19 December.
Speaking after training on Monday, Antonio Conte told Spurs TV: “Ryan is coming back very soon, but we don’t want to take risks. We’ll wait for the game in the FA Cup (Morecambe at home on Sunday).”
Asked about the pair in his pre-match press conference, Antonio added: “Ryan’s situation is better than Steven Bergwijn's. I think in the next game in the FA Cup he will be available. For Steve, we have to pay more attention, because his problem was in the calf, and with a calf, you have to pay more attention and wait a bit to have him available.”
Antonio was also asked if there were any COVID-19 cases in the squad in his press conference. He responded: “We are checking a couple of situations, we’ll see.”
Asked about the squad in general after our New Year’s Day win at Watford and the end of the busy festive period, Antonio told us: “After the win against Watford, a good win, the mood is high. It’s important after this busy period to have a good training session, but at the same time, to give rest to the players. We’ve played five games in 13 days and many players played every game. But, yes, we are preparing well for the game against Chelsea.”
Cristian Romero also remains out as he continues his recovery from a long-term hamstring injury, although he's on track and Antonio told us last week that he hoped to have the defender back by the end of this month.