Tottenham Hotspur will be without Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero for their next two games after the chaos during international duty, but the pair are set to return against Chelsea.
The Lowdown: Argentina mess
Lo Celso and Romero were called up to Lionel Scaloni’s squad for the fixtures against Columbia, Brazil and Bolivia, but looked like they wouldn’t attend after the Premier League announced the agreement to block any travelling to red list countries- which Argentina is on.
Spurs are set to fine the two Argentina internationals, alongside Davinson Sanchez, for going against the club’s plans over this two-week break.
Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Brazil was suspended after medical officials stormed the pitch to reprimand the England-based Argentinians.
The Lastest: ‘They should now…’
As shared by Football London’s Tottenham correspondent Alasdair Gold, the Spurs trio will miss the Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace and their opening Conference League game with French side Rennes.
‘We got there in the end. They should now just miss the matches against Crystal Palace and Rennes, along with Davinson Sanchez,’ he said on Twitter, sharing an announcement from the Argentinian FA.
Charlie Eccleshare of The Athletic has called the news ‘a really big bonus’ as the players won’t lose any fitness and if they stayed with their national teammates would miss the Chelsea and Arsenal game.
The Verdict: Huge boost for Spurs
It looked like Lo Celso and Romero would stay with Scaloni’s squad until the conclusion of the international break, but with them exiting a red list country now, they will be back for the doubleheader against Chelsea and Arsenal.
Spurs’ strong start to the season has inserted a good flow within the club and only missing the duo for the Palace and Rennes game won’t hurt Nuno Espirito Santo’s side too much.
However, missing Sanchez, who has started all three of the opening Premier League games, will leave a gaping hole. Nuno may need to turn to Japhet Tanganga to start in the centre of defence after his impressive start to the season at right-back, with the ‘phenomenal‘ (via Serie A expert Conor Clancy) Romero also missing.
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