Tottenham team news: Predicted XI vs Wolves as Bissouma and Richarlison give Conte issue

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Antonio Conte has confirmed that Cristian Romero will miss Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Wolves due to an adductor injury. The Spurs head coach now has a major decision to make over who replaces the Argentine, who has become a key player under the former Chelsea boss. 

Spurs have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, beating Southampton 4-1 before stunning Chelsea with a late equaliser in last weekend’s 2-2 draw. Conte will not want to make many changes to his team – so Romero’s absence will be a blow. 

Here is how Express Sport believes Spurs will line up against Wolves at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Shot-stopper Hugo Lloris will make his 419th appearance for Spurs on Saturday, taking him within one game of being in the top 10 all-time club appearance makers. His longevity has gone against the grain at Spurs in recent years. 

Conte is the seventh manager to consider Lloris their outright No 1. The Frenchman has enjoyed a strong start to the season. 

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Defenders: Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Ben Davies

Colombia international Davinson Sanchez feels the likeliest to replace the injured Romero. Spurs signed Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona earlier this summer, but the left-footed centre-back is a better replacement for Ben Davies. 

Sanchez will surely be the man to come into the right-hand side of the back three. Davies and Eric Dier have both performed well and will keep their places. 

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Midfielders: Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ryan Sessegnon

Conte is unlikely to change a team that has played well in their two Premier League games this season. If the Italian wants to, he could make changes at wing-back, where Matt Doherty, Djed Spence and even the converted Lucas Moura can play instead of Emerson Royal on the right. 

Spurs have signed young left wing-back Destiny Udogie from Udinese. However, the 19-year-old has returned to the Serie A side until the end of the season. The rejuvenated Ryan Sessegnon will continue on the left. 

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is reportedly the subject of interest from Real Madrid. Los Blancos are about to sell defensive midfielder Casemiro to Manchester United, and boss Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of Hojbjerg. 

Yves Bissouma has been used as a substitute in both fixtures so far and might be in line for a place in the starting XI. 

Attackers: Dejan Kulusevski, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min

Conte could be tempted to hand Richarlison a first Premier League start given his impact off the bench at Chelsea. The Brazilian’s bustling style was key as Spurs successfully mounted a late push for an equaliser – which was eventually scored by Harry Kane. 

But Dejan Kulusevski could keep his place alongside Kane and the influential Son Heung-min. Conte has been linked with signing another forward, with Nicolo Zaniolo and Ruslan Malinovskyi both rumoured to be of interest. 

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