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Spurs hope to have Son back for derby date with Chelsea


Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

Son Heung-Min has not given up on providing Tottenham Hotspur with a timely boost by returning from injury in time for Sunday’s London derby against Chelsea.

The striker missed last Saturday’s Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace with a calf injury and will not play in Spurs’ opening Europa Conference League group game at Rennes this evening. However, he is racing to be fit to face Chelsea, who are unbeaten this season.

His return would be a huge boost to head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, who is also hoping to have defender Eric Dier available and will be helped by the return of Davinson Sanchez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso from isolation.

Harry Kane did not manage a single touch inside the Palace penalty area without Son to provide the ammunition, and Nuno will ideally want both players available to try to breach Chelsea’s defence.

Despite winning three of their four Premier League games this season, Spurs have lacked creativity, scoring only one of their three goals from open play.

That places even more importance on Son, who netted the winners against Manchester City and Watford. The South Korean signed a new four-year contract that runs to 2025 during the summer and is a firm favourite with the club’s fans.

Dier was forced off with an injury against Palace, but is hoping to be fit for Sunday, while Sanchez, Romero and Lo Celso will be available after completing their isolation period in Croatia. The trio have been able to train during their stay in Croatia, rather than having to quarantine in a hotel.

Japhet Tanganga is suspended for Sunday’s game after being sent off in the 3-0 defeat by Palace.

Meanwhile, Dinamo Zagreb have singled out Michail Antonio as West Ham United’s danger man ahead of their Europa League opener in Croatia this evening.

Antonio would probably have been rested in Zagreb, with manager David Moyes expected to rotate his squad, but a red card at Southampton on Saturday means he will instead sit out this Sunday’s home game with Manchester United.

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Dinamo defender Rasmus Lauritsen is likely to have his hands full trying to keep the striker quiet. The Dane said: “He is a solid opponent, it will be a challenge for me. It will be fun to fight and I am looking forward to the match.”

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