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Lucas Moura ruled out of Sporting Lisbon vs Tottenham due to injury
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Lucas Moura ruled out of Sporting Lisbon vs Tottenham due to injury

Tottenham Hotspur take on Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League this evening, and Antonio Conte has everyone available at his disposal apart from Lucas Moura because of his injury.

Spurs kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over Marseille last week. They will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season this evening in Portugal, but they’ll have to do it without Lucas… again.

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Lucas Moura ruled out of Sporting Lisbon vs Tottenham due to injury

There was a lot of speculation around Lucas’ future in the summer.

The ‘amazing; Brazilian was heavily linked with a return to his home country to join Sao Paulo, while Premier League sides Newcastle United and Aston Villa reportedly tried to lure him away at the end of the window.

Tottenham, however, managed to keep hold of Lucas, but unfortunately for the Brazilian, injuries have been really cruel to him since the start of the campaign.

Lucas has played just 12 minutes of football so far this season. That came in the first two games, and after being an unused substitute in the clash against Wolves, he has spent all the time on the sidelines due to a calf injury.

Just last week, before the game against Marseille, Conte revealed that Lucas had returned to training and that he is ‘going to recover early’. However, the Spurs boss has now claimed that he won’t be back until after the international break at the end of this month.

When asked about the team news, Conte said, as quoted by Football London: “No difference compared to the last game. Only Lucas Moura is still out.

“His recovery is going well but I think we’ll probably see him after the international break. The others are all available.”

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Back for the North London Derby

After the game against Sporting tonight, Tottenham’s only other fixture this month is against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City this weekend.

Going by Conte’s words, Lucas will definitely miss that game as well, but he should be back after the international break, and Spurs’ first game then is against Arsenal in the North London Derby.

That’s some game to return to for Lucas, but he, like everyone else in the squad, will be up for it when Conte leads his side to the Emirates to take on a Gunners’ side who could still be on top of the Premier League table then.

Lucas has played eight times against Arsenal in his career and he has never scored a goal. If he’s back for the derby at the Emirates and gets a chance to play, he’d love nothing more to break his duck against the enemy.

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