Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte is set for a brief absence from the club as he has surgery to remove his gallbladder.
Spurs announced on Wednesday that the Italian coach was recently diagnosed with cholecystitis after complaining of “severe abdominal pain”.
He is set to go under the knife on the same day to have his gallbladder taken out, and this will be followed by a “period of recuperation”.
Spurs did not outline how long they expect Conte to be away from first-team duties, but he will not be in the dugout for Sunday’s visit of Manchester City.
According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), such a procedure can require up to five days in hospital and then roughly a month to “return to your normal activities”.
That period can be twice as long “if you have a more manual job”.
Tottenham head to Leicester City six days after the City game and then face Milan at the San Siro on February 14 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Spurs are fifth in the Premier League ahead of the weekend, three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United, who have played a game less.
Antonio Conte recently became unwell with severe abdominal pain.
Following a diagnosis of cholecystitis, he will be undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder today and will return following a period of recuperation.
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 1, 2023