FIFA rule changes could see Spurs lose eight first-team players during 2021/22 season

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Football.London has revealed that FIFA have announced a modification to the international calendar for next season that could see Tottenham lose as many as eight first-team stars during a key point in the 2021/22 campaign.

World football’s governing body has decided to shift the September 2020 international match window, which was due to take place from August 31 to September 8 this year, to a window between January 24 and February 1, 2022.

This change, which has been introduced in response to the disruption to the schedule caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, will be in effect for all the confederations except UEFA.

While this might seem like good news for Spurs on the face of it, given how packed the club’s schedule was at the start of the campaign, Football.London has revealed that several of Mourinho’s first-team players could be unavailable during that period.

It is claimed that the likes of Son Heung-min, Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, and Lucas Moura could all be away on international duty between these dates. In fact, all non-European players will be affected.

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Given how cramped the domestic, European and international schedules are next season due to the impact of the pandemic, I fear we are going to see a lot more players breaking down with injuries than we usually do. So, we must bolster the squad considerably this summer so that we have the numbers to cope with an injury crisis of a similar magnitude that hit us last season.

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