Nuno Espirito Santo opens up on "terrible" Tottenham injury crisis ahead of Chelsea clash

Nuno Espirito Santo bemoaned Tottenham’s “terrible” injury luck with a host of stars at risk of missing out on the clash with Chelsea.

Spurs’ perfect start to the Premier League season was ruthlessly ended last weekend, as they were thrashed 3-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Nuno’s side were without Son-Heung Min through injury for that game and Spurs struggled to create anything of note in a miserable performance.

Along with the forward, Tottenham were also forced to cope with Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez’s absences after they opted to represent their nations in the most recent international break.

The trio, who turned out for Argentina and Colombia respectively, were forced to train in Croatia after returning from red-list countries, in order to circumnavigate the current quarantine rules.

Eric Dier then picked up an injury during the first-half of that defeat and is a doubt for this weekend after missing out in midweek.

Spurs earned a 2-2 draw with Rennes in their Europa Conference League opener on Thursday night, but the result was marred by more injury woes, with Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn both picking up knocks.

Moura was one of the few players to emerge from the Palace defeat with any semblance of credit, but picked up an injury in the second half, while Bergwijn was replaced after just 30 minutes.

Nuno revealed both injuries were very painful and offered an insight into the scale of their injury woes since the international break.

“It’s been terrible. I must be honest. Let’s not hide behind nothing,” he said. “After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been very good for us.

“But this is football and we know it’s a moment we have to overcome. Today, we tried to show the players solutions, thinking about the game on Sunday. But it’s about overcoming obstacles. That will make us stronger for the future, for sure.”

Asked if the injured pair will be available against Chelsea, Nuno added: “I cannot tell you. They are being taken care of by the medical department. But it’s been tough. It feels painful, it feels really bad.”

In more positive news, the three players in Croatia could be in line to play on Sunday, just 24 hours after landing back in the UK.

The three are set to return to the country this weekend and there is a chance the injury crisis could force all three into starting berths.

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