Tottenham without key full back for run in

With a nerve-shredding end to the season in store for Tottenham fans, it is natural that every bit of bad news has fans on edge. So, the recent news that Spurs full-back Sergio Reguilon is likely out for the rest of the season is a major blow. Though the Spaniard has endured some injury woes this season, he absolutely has been a good signing for the club. His performances under Antonio Conte have been sound, and his loss will definitely hurt the system that Spurs employ from working as it should.

As they head to Anfield for a decisive match in the top-four race, Spurs know they need to win. They will be playing against a Liverpool side who just reached the UEFA Champions League final. With a single point in the league race, too, the Reds need to beat Spurs themselves if they want to go back to the top of the table. Conte, though, has a system that should frustrate the Liverpool team and make it possible for a good result on Saturday night. Losing Reguilon, though, is a bit of a blow for the coming matches.

With Arsenal to come next Thursday, Conte and co. know that they need a good result at Anfield to keep things moving along. Without Reguilon, though, the defence will be under that little bit more pressure. His reading of the game and recovery pace are useful in defence, and he is a solid option when rampaging forward down the line also.

So, for Spurs, it will be tough to get through the coming matches without a very important squad player. He joins a growing list of injured players, too, with fellow wing-back Matt Doherty already out for the season. Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga are both out, too, meaning that Conte and Spurs are down to the bare bones in terms of squad numbers.

Will Reguilon be fit for next season?

Thankfully, the issue does not seem like it will last beyond the end of the season. So, Spurs fans can look forward to having their rampaging Spaniard going down the left side wing again. Reguilon has had some injury issues during his time at the club, but he has proven when fit that he was a wise signing from Real Madrid.

His attacking style suits Conte’s three at the back system, while he also has enough speed to cover for positional errors. With the rapid pace of the Liverpool front line, especially with an overlapping Trent Alexander-Arnold, Spurs could really have used the presence and pace of Reguilon. Not only would it have helped to keep the attack quiet at Anfield, but it would have also assisted in making sure they could pin back Alexander-Arnold themselves.

Still, Conte has made clear on more than a few occasions that he does not mind going with what he has. An arch pragmatist in many ways, it should be no surprise that Conte will relish trying to put together a squad capable of leaving Merseyside with all three points. 

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