Davinson Sanchez has been accused in the Colombian press of deliberately getting himself suspended for the next World Cup qualifier in order to return to Tottenham ahead of schedule.
Despite, the Premier League not permitting players to travel to ‘red list’ countries during the international break, Sanchez flew to South America to join up with the Colombian squad while Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero also joined up with the Argentina team.
All three players have now left South America and are set to train and quarantine in Croatia for ten days before returning to London.
Sanchez picked up a yellow card in Colombia’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Sunday which meant that he was suspended for the clash against Chile on Thursday.
Colombian publication Bolavip have accused the Spurs defender of deliberately picking up the yellow card in order to ensure he could return to his club early.
They state (as translated by Sport Witness): “Tottenham are exercising its power from England for the Colombian defender to take the next flight to London and Sanchez deliberately wasted time to force a booking and this disables him from playing against Chile on the next qualifying date for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.”
Sanchez was also widely criticised for his performance against Paraguay, with the 25-year-old being nutmegged in the build-up to the goal Colombia conceded.
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One presenter even labelled the Spurs defender as ‘clumsy and incompetent’ after his performance on Sunday.
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It does not sound like Sanchez has had a good international break. Hopefully, his confidence has not been too badly dented after the impressive start he has made to the season.
It will be a shame to see the Colombian’s partnership with Dier broken up for the clash against Palace but the 25-year-old should be available for the Chelsea clash after serving his quarantine.