Transfer window will not solve Tottenham's 'situation', Antonio Conte says
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Tottenham’s woes continue to pile up after Antonio Conte revealed that star winger Son Heung-min would be ruled out until the end of the January transfer window on Friday afternoon. And the South Korean star’s spell on the sidelines could expedite a move for Wolves speedster Adama Traore – with transfer talks reportedly underway for the Spaniard.
Totttenham fell victim to their arch-rivals Chelsea on Wednesday evening in a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, giving Antonio Conte a nightmare return to the side he won the Premier League with in 2017.
A Kai Havertz strike was followed up by a calamitous own goal by Ben Davies to give the Lilywhites a mountain to climb in the second leg next week.
Tottenham never looked like scoring, especially when star man Son Heung-min was taken off as a precaution with 15 minutes to go.
However, what was originally a substitute to guard against tiredness has quickly gone sour, with Conte revealing Son developed muscle pains a day later in training.
And the scan on the injury now means that Tottenham predict he will be out for two weeks – meaning the South Korean legend will miss the entirety of the hectic January schedule with a leg injury.
“It was a strange situation because against Chelsea I made two substitutions together, Lucas and Son but not for injury,” Conte explained.
“[It was] to give them some rest.
“Then the day after he felt a bit of pain in his muscle, in his leg, and he had a scan.
“Now we’re able to make the right evaluation from the doctor.”
“He’s an injury. I don’t know but probably they could stay without training session until the end of this cycle, before the international break.”
If Tottenham’s timescale is correct, it could not come at a worse time for the Italian.
Aside from the tie against Morecambe on Sunday, Tottenham are to endure their toughest period yet throughout a treacherous January.
The second leg of the League Cup semi-final at home to Chelsea comes on January 12, before an enticing tie against bitter rivals Arsenal follows on January 16 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Not easing up, the fixture list then has Tottenham facing Leicester away on January 19, before their second away trip of the month to Stamford Bridge falls on January 23.
And the injury could prompt a move for Adama Traore to be expedited, with Tottenham reportedly opening talks for the Wolves winger.
Traore, 25, has been linked with a move to north London for some time now, with rumours starting to form heavily under Nuno Espirito Santo’s tenure.
And despite his departure, various reports has linked with him a £20million move to enjoy a spell as a right-wing-back under Conte.
With just 18 months left on his contract, Wolves are willing to sell the Spain international, with Conte looking to add his athleticism alongside a central midfielder and a striker.
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