Tottenham v Leicester: Antonio Conte wants to fit in postponed Rennes game after Foxes clash
The Italian said Tottenham players recovering from Covid will need time to get back to full fitness.
The north London side can ill afford to have more games rescheduled, with matches against Burnley postponed due to heavy snow and Rennes and Brighton due to escalating Covid issues.
The Italian said: “ We want to play the game. Tottenham deserves to play the game and the last game of this group. I think it’s a really strange situation.
“When the government decides to close our training ground and we cannot train and it’s for this reason we cannot play, not another reason.
“We aren’t at fault. We deserve to play this game and try to go to the next round.”
Ahead of the game against Leicester, Conte said he was glad to have players back to training after the lay off but needed time to get everyone back to the physical condition they need.
“We have positive players, surely,” he said.
“For sure some players tomorrow they can’t play.
“As I said before, players are back in training and today two players are back in training for the first time.
“Yesterday another player, but as you know well, they need to be fit to play.
“Surely tomorrow I’ll put these players on the bench for 15-20 minutes at the end.
“They have 20 or 25 minutes. This is a big problem that we must face in the future.
“To bring these players affected by Covid to be fit and avoid injuries.
“This could be a big problem in the future. Not the 10 days.
“After ten days you have players available but then you have to pay attention to the way you train, whether the body is ready to work in a good way.
“You have to pay attention, moderate the training to avoid injuries.
“This is the big problem, not only for Tottenham but for other clubs with Covid-hit players.”