Tottenham Hotspur Sweating Over the Fitness of Dejan Kulusevski Ahead of North London Derby Clash With Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur Sweating Over the Fitness of Dejan Kulusevski Ahead of North London Derby Clash With Arsenal

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  • Dejan Kulusevski is a doubt for Tottenham Hotspur's massive clash with neighbours Arsenal
  • The Swede returned with a tight hamstring to Spurs on Wednesday after playing for Sweden in the Nations League
  • Kulusevski has been a revelation since moving to London in January from Juventus, scoring 6 goals and creating 11 more in 25 league matches

Ahead of a mouth-watering North London Derby on Saturday lunchtime, Tottenham Hotspur's fears over the fitness of Dejan Kulusevski are growing by the minute.

The Sweden international has played a crucial role for the Spurs so far this season and remains serious doubt for the Emirates showdown.

Dejan Kulusevski, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, North London Derby, Premier League, Antonio Conte, Mikel Arteta
Dejan Kulusevski joined Tottenham Hotspur from Juventus on an 18-month loan deal in January. Photos by Michael Regan and Visionhaus.
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A tight hamstring for Kulusevski would see him miss the clash with Spurs arch-rivals, with a win seeing them move just a point behind the Gunners. According to the Mirror, a scan done early this week revealed the hamstring issue for the Swede who just returned from international duty.

On Tuesday, the 22-year-old played 90 minutes of Sweden's 1-1 draw with Slovenia in the Nations League. If he fails the fitness test before the match, Spurs will surely miss an important contributor for Antonio Conte's side.

Conte gives team news updates

According to, the young star has 17 goal involvements with 6 goals and 11 assists in 25 Premier League matches. Speaking to the press on Thursday evening, Conte said he's waiting for some tests to get the full picture.

"We have to wait until tomorrow to check some players because they return from the national team with some physical problems. Tomorrow will be very important, the last training session, to understand the players we can count (on). At the moment, we have to wait."

However, Conte can call on 60 million summer signing from Everton, Richarlison, who was on top form for Brazil during the international break.

Richarlison racially abused

Sports Brief earlier reported on Spurs forward Richarlison being targeted with a racist attack when celebrating a goal for Brazil versus Tunisia early this week.

A supporter threw a banana at the 25-year-old when he was celebrating scoring Brazil's second goal in their 5-1 thumping of the North Africans.

The disturbing incident received worldwide condemnation, with football federations from both countries condemning the attack.