Spurs said the 53-year-old Italian “recently became unwell with severe abdominal pain” and was set for an operation before a spell away from the dugout to recover.
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The Italian was sent off by referee Danny Makkelie in the closing stages of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Sporting Lisbon.
Second-placed Man City will aim to cut the gap back down to one point when they commence their own derby against Man United
Twenty-four hours later, champions Manchester City host Manchester United as the Premier League in England returns with a derby bonanza after the international break.
Spurs started the season strongly by taking 10 points from a possible 12 after Sunday’s 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest.
The Italian, who is contracted until next summer, has been coy about his future, regularly refusing to commit himself to being at Spurs for the long run.
Antonio Conte’s side beat the Gunners 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night and, back in action at midday on Sunday, looked tired against a team fighting for survival.
Antonio Conte’s side played out a goalless stalemate with Brentford last time out, while the Foxes drew 1-1 with Roma in the first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final.
Thomas Frank’s side kept up their strong run of form with a 2-1 success over Watford last time out, while Antonio Conte’s men went down 1-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Conte tested positive at the weekend and has subsequently been distancing in order to avoid spreading the virus.
The Red Devils fell to pieces in a 4-1 defeat to rivals Manchester City last time out, while Antonio Conte’s side put five unanswered goals past Everton.
The visitors, who had lost four of their previous five league matches, were 3-0 up at half-time after goals from Matt Doherty, new recruit Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane.
The City boss was awarded the prize in November and is in the running once again over overseeing a superb end to 2021.
The all-London affair was confirmed after Tottenham Hotspur edged out West Ham 2-1 in their quarter-final match.
The governing body’s disciplinary panel ruled that Spurs forfeited the match after calling it off due to a worsening coronavirus outbreak and gave the French side the victory which saw Conte’s side exit the competition.
Spurs drew 0-0 with Everton in Antonio Conte’s first league match in charge before the international break, while Leeds also picked up a point in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City last time out.
The Italian was confirmed as Nuno Espirito Santo’s replacement last week after the former Wolves boss was sacked following a dismal start to the season.
While Spurs enter the game on the back of a 3-2 Europa Conference League win over Vitesse, the Toffees are seeking to end a run of three straight Premier League defeats.
As MailOnline exclusively revealed yesterday morning, Nuno Espirito Santo was axed as Spurs head coach, the club confirming the Portuguese’s departure just before 10am.
52-year-old Conte last coached Inter Milan.