How the postponement of the Olympic Games could impact Tottenham

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The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global sporting calendar with many major events around the world having been cancelled or postponed.

It was confirmed earlier this week that the Tokyo Olympics, which was scheduled for this summer, has been pushed back to next year due to COVID-19 (Guardian).

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach recently confirmed that considering they are considering the Games to be held in spring 2021 rather than the summertime.

Any players who is called up to represent their nation in Japan may have to miss a chunk of the season in order to compete at the tournament.

Football.London report that Spurs defender Juan Foyth could be called up by Argentina for the tournament as they look to win their first football gold medal since 2008.

Although Foyth is not the Argentine squad at the moment, he has previously been called up multiple times to represent his country.

The defender starred as a right-back for Argentina in last summer’s Copa America.

If he is called up for the Olympics, the 22-year-old could potentially miss significant game time for Tottenham as a result.

While the football tournament is typically for players who are under the age of 23, nations can also call up over aged players which could see other members of Jose Mourinho’s squad receive the call from their country.

Lucas Moura has previously represented Brazil at the London 2012 Olympic Games when he picked up a silver medal.

Spurs Web Opinion

I was hoping that Foyth would challenge for the right-back spot this season but it doesn’t appear as if Jose Mourinho trusts him much. The Spurs head coach probably isn’t losing sleep over the defender unavailability. In fact, if he isn’t sold this summer, I probably expect him to be loaned out.

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