Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero could be left out of Argentina’s final warm-up game before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid any recurring injuries before the tournament.

Argentina take on the UAE on Wednesday, November 16, as last-minute preparation ahead of their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia next Tuesday.

Cristian Romero

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Romero has been nursing an injury recently and missed Tottenham’s last three games before the international break. Antonio Conte revealed after the defeat at Newcastle that Romero was suffering from fatigue in his calf (Football.London) and hinted it might not be too serious.

But, TyC journalist Gaston Edul correctly established that the injury would keep the 24-year-old out for ten days after further tests to determine the full extent of the problem.

The combative centre-half made recovered in time to make Argentina’s squad for the World Cup and has been spotted in training with the national team this week.

Romero is not quite back to full fitness though it seems, as Argentinian outlet AlbicelesteTalk have stated that he will be one of three players who will likely not be risked in the forthcoming friendly with UAE.

Reporter Gaston Edul told TyC Sports on 15/11/22 at 11:20 am: “It is not known if Romero, Acuña and Paredes will play against UAE tomorrow, reason is to avoid any possible risk.”

According to AlbicelesteTalk, Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has explained that “The team that will start tomorrow will be a team of players who are 100% fit, we will not take any risks.”

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That decision makes perfect sense, to be fair. There’s no point rushing a player back from injury for a friendly game, even if it’s not a very severe one, when there are such big fixtures just around the corner. Hopefully, Cristian Romero can get back to full fitness as soon as possible and step up on the big stage for his country.

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