Arsenal host Tottenham this weekend in a huge new installment of the North London Derby, with the two sides looking to continue their good form from the start of the season. The home side will start the game top of the Premier League table, winning six from their first seven games so far.
As for the visitors, they are in third with five wins and two draws, yet to taste defeat in the league this campaign under Antonio Conte. With title credentials being tested, it’s a match that has more than just the usual bragging rights on the line for supporters.
It seems as though Spurs could be without as many as three players for the game, with Conte being coy on who is and isn’t available in his pre-match press conference. With that said, here’s a look at who could be missing for the game amid those injury concerns.
Tottenham club captain Hugo Lloris had to withdraw from the France squad last week due to an issue with his right thigh, keeping him out of action. While it remains to be seen if he will make it to the Emirates over second choice goalkeeper Fraser Forster, Conte provided a promising insight into his current troubles.
“Hugo [Lloris] is one of the players with some physical problems, but we hope to see him on Saturday,” the manager said in his pre-match press conference.
Spurs forward Dejan Kulusevski is a doubt for the North London Derby following some tightness in his hamstring. The Sweden international returned from national duty to undergo a scan at Hotspur Way, having played 174 minutes over the two week break from domestic football.
Ben Davies sustained a hairline fracture to the bone just beneath his knee in mid-September, missing action for both his club and country over the past few weeks. It’s an injury that would mean he is only likely to miss a short spell. “I think after the international break he will be with us,” Conte told Sky Sports after the news of his injury broke.