Tottenham Hotspur coach Antonio Conte said center-back Cristian Romero’s injury was “serious”.
Romero suffered a hamstring problem while on international duty with Argentina last week, which saw him be excluded from the squad that beat Leeds 2-1 in the resumption of the Premier League.
Speaking ahead of Spurs’ Europa Conference League clash with NS Mura, Conte said: “We are waiting for another scan.
“I think his injury is a bit serious. We have to wait. I don’t know how long it will take him to recover. His injury is worse than [Giovani] Lo Celso and [Dane] Scarlett.
“He needs another scan, then the doctor can give more details.”
Romero’s Argentinian compatriot Lo Celso also missed out on Conte’s first league win after being uncertain following his international duties, while Scarlett continues to suffer from an ankle injury.
But despite Romero’s hamstring issues, Conte doesn’t panic.
When asked if injuries forced him to plan goals for January, the 52-year-old said the transfer window was not his priority at the moment despite his exhausted squad.
“I’m not thinking about January because there is still a long way to go,” explained the ex-Chelsea boss.
“We have a lot of games to play and I also want to do my assessment of my team.”
Start living as the man from the Tottenham hotseat gave Conte plenty of positives to focus on, including a visit from ex-teammate Alessandro Del Piero.
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And he believes that the Italian legend, who was, like Harry Kane, a talented goalscorer and also an exceptional creator, will have helped his center-forward.
“We’re talking about two world-class forwards,” Conte said when asked about the impact of Del Piero coming to see the team. “It was good for Harry [Kane] see Alessandro and also Alessandro wants to see Harry. It was good for us.
The former Italy boss continued to look on the bright side when asked about his side’s ability to finish in the top four.
“I have found a group of players who want to work and improve. It’s a good base for me, ”he added.
“I can come to any club and I want to bring my ideas, but if you don’t have the skills of the players, it’s impossible.
“I saw positive things at Tottenham and felt good vibes.”
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