In what comes as potentially a massive boost to Argentina, journalist Gaston Edul has revealed that Cristian Romero is fit to start their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia.

Argentina go into the World Cup as one of the favourites, with the Albiceleste currently on a 36-game unbeaten streak.

Cristian Romero

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This certainly looks like the best chance the South American nation have had in a long time to become World Champions, and the fact that this is likely to be Lionel Messi’s last World Cup makes it even more important.

However, Argentina have had a few setbacks heading into Qatar, including on-loan Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso being ruled out of the competition with an injury.

They also faced uncertainty over Romero’s fitness, with the centre-back not having featured for Tottenham since their 1-1 draw against Sporting Lisbon last month, with Lionel Scaloni admitting a few days ago that he is taking things day by day with some players (AS).

However, Edul has now revealed that the Spurs star is expected to be fit to start against Saudi Arabia on November 22.

The journalist told TyC Sports – 18/11/22, 22:15 (as relayed by All About Argentina): “Today was a good day for the Argentina National Team in news. Acuna and Papu responded well to the tests. 

“Tagliafico is fine, he trained with the group normally, Lautaro is in optimal condition and Romero is ready to start against Saudi Arabia.”

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One would back Argentina to get past Saudi Arabia with or without Romero, which is why Scaloni will not risk the Tottenham man on Tuesday unless he is 100 per cent fit. So, I do not think there is a risk of the centre-back being rushed back too early and aggravating his injury.

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