Only Son Heung-min, Bryan Gil and Lucas Moura are recognised as forwards in the senior squad, but the trio certainly would not be able to fill Kane’s shoes as a No 9 and it would require a shift in Conte’s tactical focus.
Conte has also lost Yves Bissouma to a one-game suspension after the Malian midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the season on Sunday. It means he will be back in time to face Arsenal, but with Rodrigo Bentancur out injured, the Italian is quickly running out of options.
Oliver Skipp, who came on as a substitute for Bissouma, would be the likely candidate to start in his place if Bentancur is not passed fit to play.
But if Conte loses Kane to suspension, the problems could continue to mount for the under-pressure boss and another defeat would cause some to cast doubt over his future.