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Tottenham: Conte provides health update as he avoids England return

Antonio Conte at Tottenham
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The Italian manager hasn’t return to England with Tottenham after their Champions League game against Milan.

Antonio Conte has admitted he returned to work too early after undergoing surgery earlier this month.

The former Chelsea manager underwent gallbladder removal surgery, missing a few Tottenham matches at the beginning of February.

He returned to the touchline when Tottenham faced Milan on Wednesday. But a post-surgery setback will force Conte to take more time off as he stays in Italy for more check-ups.

“My great sense of responsibility towards the club, the players, the staff and the fans brought me to anticipate my comeback on the field,” Conte wrote on Instagram.

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

“My body has suffered my impatience and now I am forced to stop until my entire recovery. Who knows me understands what a burden this is for me, but it is necessary. Come on you Spurs.”

Cristian Stellini will coach Tottenham until Conte returns. Earlier this month, the assistant manager led the Spurs to their impressive victory against Manchester City.

Tottenham take on West Ham in their next league game on Sunday before facing Chelsea in another London derby seven days later.