Tottenham boss Antonio Conte issues statement after post-operation setback: 'My body has suffered for my impatience'
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte will continue his recovery from gallbladder removal surgery at his family home after being checked over by doctors in Italy.
The coach returned to the sidelines for his team's 4-1 loss to Leicester City in the Premier League at the weekend and was also present for their round of 16 first-leg defeat to AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday.
However, Conte has now issued a statement saying he needs to take more time out to focus on his recovery.
"My great sense of responsibility towards the club, the players, the staff and the fans brought me to anticipate my comeback on [the] field. Sadly I underestimated the procedure, which wasn't a routine operation, but a sudden and serious emergency," he wrote on Instagram stories.
"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!"
Spurs have confirmed that his assistant Cristian Stellini will take charge of the squad once again in his absence.
Following a routine post-operation check in Italy yesterday, Antonio Conte will remain at his family home to recover from his recent surgery.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 16, 2023
Health is the most important consideration and everyone at the Club wishes him well.
Cristian Stellini will assume First Team duties. pic.twitter.com/k9L4ZcpGhv
Stellini oversaw an FA Cup fourth-round win at Preston and a 1-0 victory against Manchester City in the Premier League after Conte's surgery last month.
"Following a routine post-operation check in Italy yesterday, Antonio Conte will remain at his family home to recover from his recent surgery. Health is the most important consideration and everyone at the Club wishes him well. Cristian Stellini will assume First Team duties," read a statement from the club.
Spurs are back in action on Sunday against West Ham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League.