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‘Formidable’ Tottenham forward gets crunched in training by 23-year-old Spurs man ahead of Leeds match
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‘Formidable’ Tottenham forward gets crunched in training by 23-year-old Spurs man ahead of Leeds match

Tottenham Hotspur have been preparing for their final game before the World Cup break against Leeds United.

Spurs host Jesse Marsch’s side in a rare 3pm Saturday kick-off today, knowing that a draw will keep them in the top four over Christmas.

Tottenham released a video of the squad preparing in training for the match.

The squad was playing with the kind of intensity Antonio Conte demands in all of his matches.

However, that intensity has been missing in recent games, especially in the first-half of matches.

It’s something Conte will be looking to rectify with the members of his squad that don’t head to Qatar this month.

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Spurs have suffered a number of injuries to key attacking players in the last month.

The loss of Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski and most recently Son Heung-min have been detrimental to their form.

So, Conte may not have been so impressed when he saw one challenge put in in training.

The clip shows Lucas Moura getting crunched in training, before staying on the ground clutching his ankle.

Moura gets crunched in training

The Spurs squad are working on their build-up play, trying to score on a small-scale pitch.

Rodrigo Bentancur plays a through ball into Moura’s feet, and the ‘formidable’ Brazilian takes a touch towards goal.

It’s slightly heavier than he would have liked and as he’s about to pull the trigger, Japhet Tanganga slides in.

It’s a heavy challenge, although the 23-year-old wins the ball, but also catches the forward.

Moura goes down clutching his ankle after being crunched by Tanganga, but is seen moving freely later in the training video.

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The 30-year-old was had his fair share of injury struggles this season.

He’s unlikely to be too happy with the challenge Tanganga put in on him in a training match.

Moura has admitted he’s been playing with some pain recently, and will be looking forward to the upcoming break to recoup properly.

Kulusevski and Richarlison were both involved against Nottingham Forest in midweek.

It could mean Conte decides to go with one of them ahead of Moura against Marsch’s side today.

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