Nuno Espirito Santo curses Tottenham’s ‘terrible’ luck as Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura take blows before Chelsea clash in Europa Conference League 2-2 draw at Rennes
- Nuno Espirito Santo said Tottenham are ‘terribly’ lucky with injuries
- Two more players – Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura – ran off against Rennes
- Nuno looks very short on attacking players ahead of Spurs’ upcoming Chelsea game
Nuno Espirito Santo expressed frustration at Tottenham’s ‘terrible’ luck with injuries after two more players stumbled off the field in their 2-2 draw with Rennes.
The Spurs manager could have been pleased with his side’s determination to save a point in their Europa Conference League opener against the French side, but he couldn’t hide his anger at losing more attackers to the injury list.
Steven Bergwijn was the first to leave on the half hour after twisting his ankle, a problem that has forced him to miss several Spurs games.
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo cursed the club’s ‘terrible’ luck regarding injuries
Lucas Moura (center) was one of two players injured in Spurs’ 2-2 draw against Rennes
Now that Nuno had processed the knock from the Dutchman, he saw winger Lucas Moura limp off the field in the second half after a tough challenge.
“It’s been terrible. I have to be honest. Let’s not hide behind anything,” said the Spurs boss.
“After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been so good for us.
“But this is football. And we know that it is a moment that we must overcome.
Steven Bergwijn was substituted in the first half after he had to run away with an ankle injury
“Today we tried to show the players solutions, thinking about Sunday’s game. But it’s about overcoming obstacles. That certainly makes us stronger for the future.’
Spurs face a grueling journey to London rivals Chelsea on Sunday and could be desperately short of attackers as Heung-Min Son is still recovering from a calf injury. The club hopes that the South Korean can be fit in time.
Nuno is also still without Cristian Romero, Giovano Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez as they go into quarantine in Croatia following their decision to travel to South America for international service in violation of Premier League rules.
When asked if Bergwijn or Moura would be suitable for Sunday’s game, he said: ‘Pain, very bad. I can not tell you. They are taken care of by the medical department. But it’s been tough.’
Heung-Min Son (right) recovering from a calf injury and Spurs hope he can play against Chelsea
Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle said of BT Sport that Bergwijn’s injury was a major setback as he previously had problems with his ankles.
“It’s a real blow to the boy and to Nuno. (Seems) that there isn’t much in it, but suddenly he stumbles.
“The problem is that he sprained the ankle, the ankle he had a problem with. Looks like he modified it again and that will set him back.
“I don’t see him playing for a few weeks if he’s injured again. A great shock and a great shame.’