Tottenham boss Antonio Conte reveals Son Heung-min injury blow as transfer talks ‘opened’

Tottenham’s woes continue to pile up after Antonio Conte revealed on Friday afternoon that star winger Son Heung-min has been ruled out until the end of January due to injury. And the South Korean star’s spell on the sidelines could expedite a move for Wolves speedster Adama Traore – with transfer talks reportedly underway for the Spaniard.

Totttenham fell victim to their arch-rivals Chelsea on Wednesday evening in a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge as Conte endured a grim return to the side he won the Premier League with in 2017.

A Kai Havertz strike was followed up by a calamitous Ben Davies own goal to give the Lilywhites a mountain to climb in the second leg next week.

Tottenham never looked like scoring, especially when star man Son was taken off as a precaution with 15 minutes to go.

However, though it was originally a substitution to guard against tiredness it has emerged Son developed muscle pains a day later in training.

And the scan on the injury now means that Tottenham predict he will be out for two weeks – meaning he will miss the entirety of the hectic January schedule.

“It was a strange situation because against Chelsea I made two substitutions together, Lucas and Son but not for injury,” Conte explained.

“[It was] to give them some rest.

“Then the day after he felt a bit of pain in his muscle, in his leg, and he had a scan.

“Now we’re able to make the right evaluation from the doctor.”

“He’s an injury. I don’t know but probably they could stay without training session until the end of this cycle, before the international break.”

If Tottenham’s timescale is correct, it could not come at a worse time for the Italian.

Aside from the tie against Morecambe on Sunday, Tottenham are set to endure their toughest period of the season yet throughout a treacherous January.

The second leg of the League Cup semi-final at home to Chelsea comes on January 12, before an enticing tie against bitter rivals Arsenal follows on January 16 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Not easing up, the fixture list then has Tottenham facing Leicester away on January 19, before their second away trip of the month to Stamford Bridge falls on January 23.

And the injury could prompt a move for Traore to be expedited, with Tottenham reportedly opening talks for the Wolves winger.

Traore, 25, has been linked with a move to north London for some time now, with rumours starting to form heavily under Nuno Espirito Santo’s tenure.

And despite his departure, various reports have linked with him a £20million move to Spurs to enjoy a spell as a right-wing-back under Conte.

With just 18 months left on his contract, Wolves are willing to sell the Spain international, with Conte looking to add his athleticism to the team, also wanting a central midfielder and a striker.

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