Antonio Conte says operation was ‘serious emergency’ and his ‘body has suffered’

Antonio Conte will not manage Tottenham Hotspur until his full recovery after his body suffered from “impatience”.

The Spurs boss will remain at his family home in Italy following a post-operation check, after having his gallbladder removed. The 53-year-old underwent surgery two weeks ago and missed the 1-0 win over Manchester City on February 5.

Conte returned for the 4-1 Premier League defeat at Leicester and Tuesday’s 1-0 loss away at AC Milan in the Champions League. But the Italian will remain in his home country while his assistant Cristian Stellini takes charge against West Ham on Sunday.

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A statement by Tottenham on Thursday morning read: “Following a routine post-operation check in Italy yesterday, Antonio Conte will remain at his family home to recover from his recent surgery.

“Health is the most important consideration and everyone at the Club wishes him well. Cristian Stellini will assume First Team duties.”

Conte took to Instagram to announce he would temporarily be stepping away, with a return date not yet known.

His post read: "My great sense of responsibility towards the club, the players, the staff and the fans brought me to anticipate my comeback on field. Sadly I underestimated the procedure, which wasn't a routine operation, but a sudden and serious emergency.

"My body has suffered my impatience and now I am forced to stop until my entire recovery. Who knows me, understands what a burden this is for me, but it is necessary. Come on you Spurs!”

Tottenham are currently fifth in the Premier League. Having won 12, drawn three and lost eight matches this season, the Lilywhites are two points off fourth-placed Newcastle United.


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