Tottenham's Dier is ruled out of north London derby against Arsenal

Antonio Conte suffers a blow ahead of crucial Arsenal showdown as Eric Dier is RULED OUT with a ‘little muscular problem’ – but Tottenham boss accepts ‘all teams are suffering’ right now

  • Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has been handed an injury blow for Arsenal clash
  • Spurs centre back Eric Dier will not be available due to a minor muscle injury 
  • Gunners boss Mikel Arteta claimed the north London derby could be in doubt

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has been handed an injury blow ahead of his team’s crucial north London derby clash against Arsenal on Sunday.

The fierce rivals come head-to-head at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with just two points separating the pair.

However Spurs will be without centre back Eric Dier for the much-anticipated showdown due to a minor injury.

Tottenham will be without centre back Eric Dier for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday afternoon

‘He is suffering a little muscular problem and he’s not fit for the game against Arsenal,’ the Italian boss said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

‘It’s a pity we have to play these three games before the international break and then recover these important players. 

‘It’s important to recover these important players, it’s life for us, these players.’

News will come as a huge blow to Spurs boss Antonio Conte as he looks to leapfrog Arsenal

Conte’s counterpart Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claimed on Thursday that the derby could be in doubt after losing more players to Covid.

The Gunners now have 11 players missing for a variety of reasons and the squad could be as low as 12 available for Sunday. 

Conte admitted they are gearing up for this weekend’s clash but acknowledged ‘all teams are suffering’ right now.

‘As you know very well we have many injuries and then there is also the Covid situation that you have to check every day and sometimes you find a surprise,’ he added.

‘We are preparing for the game against Arsenal. All teams are suffering at the moment.’

Victory for Spurs would see them leapfrog their enemies into fifth place. 

Tottenham lost in the Carabao Cup semi-finals in midweek but can move up to fifth with a win

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