Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is still not back in London barely a week to their crunch Champions League second leg tie against AC Milan.
The Italian was forced to stay back in Italy for full recovery from a gallbladder operation after their narrow 1-0 defeat to Milan in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 fixture.
Conte had returned to work days after the operation and was in charge when Spurs strangely lost 4-1 to Leicester in the league before being incredibly unlucky not to score in Italy against giants AC Milan.
Since then, Tottenham have won back-to-back London derbies against West Ham and Chelsea. They face Championship side Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Wednesday night before the potential season defining second leg encounter against AC Milan.
Cristian Stelline who has a spotless record of winning every game he’s been asked to deputise for his boss confirmed Conte would be back in London later this week even though he’d not be on the touchline for the FA Cup game tomorrow night.
Stellini told reporters ahead of the game at the Bramall Lane: “I think this week he’ll be back.
“He’s not in charge for this game but our doctor decides the right moment for Antonio to be back.
“It’s a question for our medical department because they check with the doctor who did the surgery, they check today every day for the right day for Antonio to come back and I think it will be this week.”
Cristian Stellini also confirmed there were no new injuries with the only ones not involved being long-term absentees Yves Bissouma, Rodrigo Bentancur, Hugo Lloris and Ryan Sessegnon.