Eric Dier boost, Dejan Kulusevski in action – three things spotted in Tottenham training

Tottenham face perhaps the most difficult match on the Premier League calendar on Saturday evening as they travel to Manchester City.

City, who are nine points clear at the top of the league table at the moment, are in sensational form and are huge favourites to inflict some pain on Spurs at the weekend.

Antonio Conte will be desperate to end Tottenham’s three-match losing streak in the Premier League, after defeats to Chelsea, Southampton and Wolves recently, but the Italian coach will have his work cut out against Pep Guardiola.

Ahead of the match, Conte has been putting his Spurs players through their paces at Hotspur Way – and takes a look at what we spotted in their latest training session.

Dier returns

Conte has been handed a huge injury boost with defender Eric Dier pictured training with his Tottenham team-mates on Wednesday.

Dier has not kicked a ball for Spurs this month due to a thigh problem, with Conte admitting before the weekend’s defeat to Wolves that he could be in contention for the trip to Manchester on Saturday evening.

He said: “Unfortunately he is not fit. For sure, he is a big loss for us. He needs a bit more time to recover. I don’t know but I hope he will be available for the next game against Manchester City.”

Eric Dier in Tottenham training
Eric Dier in Tottenham training

High spirits all round

As mentioned above, Tottenham are on a three-match losing streak, but given the spirits on the training ground, you would not be able to tell.

There were plenty of pictures from Hotspur Way that saw Spurs players laughing and joking whilst training, including the one below, which has Son Heung-min at the centre of the laughs.

Tottenham players in high spirits during training
Tottenham players in high spirits during training

Kulusevski prepares

Dejan Kulusevski was signed for Tottenham on transfer deadline day on a loan spell from Juventus, but the 21-year-old winger is yet to start a match for his new club.

The Sweden international will be hoping he can finally start his first match as a Spurs player, but it could be one that sees him deprived of opportunities – with Man City expected to dominate possession, especially at the Etihad Stadium.

In the image below, Kulusevski can be seen getting put through his paces as he looks to be in the best possible condition for the clash on Saturday.

Dejan Kulusevski preparing for the weekend's game
Dejan Kulusevski preparing for the weekend’s game

It will be a really difficult task for Tottenham at the weekend, no doubt, but Spurs are in desperate need of points as they look to keep tabs with those above them in the race for a top four spot in the Premier League table.

As it stands, Tottenham are in eighth-place in the table and sit seven points below Manchester United – who occupy fourth spot following their win against Brighton on Tuesday.

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