Report: Second Spurs star could be set for early international return this week

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Cristian Romero is set to return to Tottenham having wasted a journey to South America after the appeal to overturn his Argentina ban was rejected by FIFA, according to the Evening Standard. 

Romero was called up last week despite being handed a two-match suspension for their World Cup qualifiers this month, for allegedly not following Covid protocols before the abandoned fixture against Brazil in September (BBC Sport). 

The 23-year-old played no part in Argentina’s 3-0 win against Venezuela on Friday, but the Argentine Football Association held hope he could feature against Ecuador by appealing the second match of his ban. 

But the Evening Standard has revealed the attempt has come to no avail with FIFA conforming Romero alongside Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez, Emiliano Buendia and Giovani Lo Celso, are all expected to serve their suspensions. 

The report explains that he may not link up with his compatriots for their encounter against Ecuador and could head back to Spurs, meaning his entire trip has been a total waste. 

Ahead of March’s international break, the club was allegedly perplexed with Argentina’s decision to call Romero up considering his suspension and the fact they had already booked their place for the finals in Qatar this year. 

This comes after Ben Davies also made an early return to Hotspur Way this week (Football London).

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The scenario ended exactly as almost everyone expected. While it was a complete waste of time, Spurs will be glad to get him back earlier as well as being able to avoid the risk of injury. 

He has already picked up one long-term injury from playing for Argentina earlier this season and with so many important games coming up, his fitness is going to be crucial. 

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