The Daily Mail have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have refused to confirm if Argentine pair Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero will be travelling to South America during the international break.
Many countries in South America (including Argentina) are on the UK’s so-called ‘red list’, meaning that arrivals from those countries must quarantine at a hotel for 10 days, even if fully vaccinated.
The Premier League announced last week that those travelling to red list countries would not be allowed to join up with their international squad for the upcoming international breaks.
However, it has since emerged that Lo Celso and Romero, along with Aston Villa duo Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, have decided to ignore the decision and join up with the La Albiceleste squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia.
The Daily Mail has now backed up that claim, revealing that sources close to the Argentinian FA expect Lo Celso and Romero to join up with the squad.
The report reveals that Spurs failed to confirm if either player will be travelling to South America, insisting that the stance in the Premier League statement still applied.
It is explained that if they travel, they would miss Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace, their Carabao Cup third-round tie at Wolves and the opening Europa Conference League group match against Rennes as a result of quarantine requirements.
Spurs Web Opinion
This is an unfortunate situation that has arisen out of FIFA’s unwillingness to be more flexible with their scheduling of the World Cup qualifiers. I would have expected the qualifiers to be played in Europe under the current circumstances, especially given that most of the South American internationals play their club football on the continent.
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