Tottenham in talks with Argentina, Brazil and Colombia over early release of players from international duties
Argentina pair Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, Colombian Davinson Sanchez and Brazilian defender Emerson Royal have been called up for their country’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Under new rules for players traveling to red zone countries during the international break, the quartet, all of whom have been doubled, will be able to train with the rest of the Spurs squad and play matches for one. 10-day quarantine at the club’s training ground upon their return.
But Spurs still risk being without them for their Premier League game against Newcastle on Sunday 17 October, unless their national associations agree to early release.
Argentina, Brazil and Colombia play the last of their three qualifying matches late Thursday night or early Friday morning, so the quartet would all risk missing the trip to St. James’ Park unless they are. ‘they are only allowed to return to London after the second match.
Colombia host Brazil in their second qualifying match on Sunday night, while Argentina host their Uruguayan neighbors in the early hours of Monday morning.
Last month, Spurs reached an agreement with Argentina and Colombia’s national associations to release Lo Celso, Romero and Sanchez after two games, but the trio still missed two club games during 10 days of training in the Green List from Croatia to avoid being forced into a UK Quarantine Hotel.
Summer rookies Romero and Royal both impressed as Spurs returned to victory over Aston Villa on Sunday, while Lo Celso came off the bench in the second half and Sanchez was an unused substitute.
Speaking after the game, Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed he expected minimal disruption to the squad when the foursome return.
“They will leave and they will come back in different situations [to last month]”Nuno said.” They will have to isolate themselves, but we are lucky to have the [Player] Stay and work normally with the team. “