Concerns raise as Lo Celso and Romero are called up by Argentina for WC Qualifiers
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Tricky situation for everyone involved, especially for Tottenham Hotspur, who could lose three key players yet again due to the international break and COVID-19 regulations. 

Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero have been called up by Argentina to compete in the South American FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Colombia also called centre-back, Davinson Sanchez.  

During the September international break, these three players competed in the World Cup Qualifiers, and were forced to quarantine in Croatia for two weeks before being able to return to North London. 

Thoughts by Nuno

The South American trio missed two games during that quarantine period, therefore it is understandable the Club is concerned about these players going on international duty. 

''What we expect is what we’re concerned about,'' Nuno said. ''That the governing bodies make a decision that can protect the clubs in this international break.

We don’t want this situation to repeat again so we don't have our players. I always said, it’s very difficult to say no to a national team. It’s never been the case before. We’re facing this situation through the pandemic. What we want is protection. As clubs we need a decision to protect us. We want our players in national teams and we want them available for us also.''


According to information from PA Sport's Jonathan Veal, the Tottenham trio Romero, Lo Celso and Sanchez will be available to train and play for Spurs while having to isolate for 10 days at club facilities following their return from red list countries.

This would happen as long as they are fully-vacinated. So far, Romero is the only player of those three who has received the jab. 

If Lo Celso and Sanchez aren't fully vaccinated and go on international duty again anyway, they will have to isolate in a UK hotel for 10 days on their return

''Some guidance,'' Espírito Santo added on what Tottenham needs in order to not lose the South American trio for multiple days upon return from the international break. ''We have been through this problem before and we don’t want the situation to repeat itself. We know and everybody knows there are conversations going on within governing bodies to solve the situation. What we can’t afford is to have our players out again.''