Cristian Romero could face a wait to see if he is selected for Argentina’s World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning.

The Tottenham Hotspur centre-back did not feature in their 5-0 demolition of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday along with Nico Gonzalez, Nicolas Tagliafico and Papu Gomez, who all watched from the sidelines.

National team boss Lionel Scaloni admitted that he was not prepared to risk any players who were not fit enough to take to the field against the UAE and refused to confirm that they would be ready in time for the Group C encounter.

Romero has not played for Tottenham since the 1-1 draw against Sporting CP in the Champions League in late September and missed the last five matches in all competitions prior to the tournament in Qatar due to a hamstring issue (transfermarkt).

“It is true that some did not play out of caution. Today those who could have played, and those who could not play more minutes we changed them, they are all old enough to know how they feel and how much they can play,” Scaloni told AS.

“We have some little problems. We will be waiting during these days, to see if we will have to make any changes to the list. There may be changes. We have a few days to decide the topic of the list. If I’m honest, I can’t say 100% today, but we have time.

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This can only be seen as good news for Tottenham if Scaloni is not prepared to risk Romero suffering a setback and spending even more time on the treatment table.  However, given Romero’s loyalty to his country, it would hardly be surprising to see him named in the starting eleven and has previously put country before club when he jetted off back to South America in September of last year to play in the World Cup qualifiers against the wishes of Spurs (The Sun).

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