LONDON: Tottenham expect to be without manager Antonio Conte for at least their next four matches after he was admitted to hospital to undergo surgery to remove his gall bladder.

Conte’s side are currently fifth in the Premier League table on 36 points, 14 points behind league leaders and north London rivals Arsenal.

Tottenham said that the 53-year-old Italian had been diagnosed with cholecystitis, an inflammation of the gallbladder, after becoming “unwell with severe abdominal pain”.

Spurs’ next game is at home to second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

The club have said Conte will return “following a period of recuperation”.

“Everyone at the club wishes him well,” Tottenham added.