Tottenham Hotspur announced this week that Giovani Lo Celso would be out until late October with a hip injury that was sustained on duty for Argentina.
While playing in the international break is part of being a top player, losing a new signing for over a month due to an injury picked up in a friendly is disappointing to say the least.
This also comes as Pochettino was starting to grant Lo Celso some minutes in the Premier League after his deadline day loan move from Real Betis.
There is also a League Cup away match to Colchester coming up this month which may have been the perfect occasion to give the Argentine a start.
However, it looks as if Lo Celso’s full debut will be delayed now due to this extended absence.
When asked whether Lo Celso should have gone on international duty, Poch said (Football London): “Always it’s a sad situation, very disappointed. For Giovani, the first months here was to adapt to a new club and new football. Everything he was doing in a very good way. We are all so disappointed because now we need to wait for him. In the same way we need to be positive, it’s not another way to take it, but we need to be positive and try to provide him with good quality training and recovery. In the moment that he’s ready, to be strong and start to help the team again.
“Nothing that I can tell you will change his reality. We’re all disappointed, first the Argentine national team and very sad. We’re all really sad. We cannot change the situation. That is why it is so important for us, we need to try to anticipate the things, the right judgement. The decisions are so important to have a good relationship with all the national teams. It’s not to blame someone. In the end the most difficult part is for the player. That is why our responsibility is always to try to anticipate the problems.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
If he wasn’t fit and ready to start for Spurs, he certainly should not have been starting in a not-so-friendly against Chile.
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