Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito is 'worried' by the club's injury crisis ahead of their clash against Chelsea on Sunday.
The Portuguese saw his team struggle against French side Rennes in the UEFA Conference League on Thursday night, and it came at a cost as Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura picked injuries.
The London club missed the services of Son Heung-min, Eric Dier, Ryan Sessegnon, and the three South American players who are still quarantining in Croatia.
Speaking after the game, Espirito opened up on the injury crisis, which he termed 'terrible.
"I cannot tell you. They are being taken care of by the medical department. But it’s been tough. It feels painful, it feels really bad," he said.
Adding; "It’s been terrible. I must be honest. Let’s not hide behind nothing. After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been very good for us.
"But this is football and we know it’s a moment we have to overcome. Today, we tried to show the players solutions, thinking about the game on Sunday. But it’s about overcoming obstacles. That will make us stronger for the future, for sure,"
Up next for Espirito is a home tie against London rivals Chelsea, who are in good form.
"Many obstacles. It’s not good, it’s not good. I’m worried, naturally. I should not share with you, this is not the moment, but just to be honest.
"They’re a very good team, a very good team. All the teams in the Premier League are very tough.
"Today we prove football is becoming harder and harder because every place that you go the teams give everything that they have. So we have to match these situations and try to improve on our quality. But we are on the way. We want to build and become stronger,"
Spurs led the Premier League table after the opening three matches but dropped off the top after losing 3-0 to Crystal Palace last weekend.
They take on Thomas Tuchel's Blues who have won three and drawn one of their opening four matches and are among the title favourites.