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Antonio Conte to remain in Italy

Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte will miss this weekend’s Premier League game against West Ham as he continues his recovery from surgery from Gallbladder surgery.

53-year-old Conte, returned to work last week before the 4-1 defeat at Leicester, although assistant Cristian Stellini carried out post-match media duties.

He had the operation in Italy two weeks ago.

Tottenham on Thursday said “Health is the most important consideration”.

“Following a routine post-operation check in Italy on Wednesday, Antonio Conte will remain at his family home to recover from his recent surgery,” Spurs added.

“Everyone at the club wishes him well. Cristian Stellini will assume first-team duties.”

Conte later posted a message on Instagram to explain that his “great sense of responsibility towards the club, the players, the staff and the fans” had seen him return to the dugout too early.

“Sadly, I underestimated the procedure, which wasn’t a routine operation, but a sudden and serious emergency,” he added.

“My body has suffered my impatience, and now I am forced to stop until my entire recovery.

Conte’s assistant Stellini, who is 47, oversaw Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Manchester City on February 5 in the gaffer’s absence.

Tottenham have not said when they expect Conte to return.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas