Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero has received a call-up to the Argentina squad despite currently being banned for their next two matches, according to The Athletic. 

The 23-year-old was not been named in the fold last Friday, having been one of a handful of Premier League players to have picked up a suspension for allegedly breaching Covid regulations in a World Cup qualifier against Brazil last September (Evening Standard). 

But The Athletic reports Romero has still linked up with the Argentina squad for the current international break, in the hope that his ban will be reduced to one game instead. 

The report explains he flew out to join his compatriots directly after helping Spurs claim a 3-1 win over West Ham on Sunday evening. 

Should the Argentine Football Association’s appeal be successful, Romero would be available to feature against Ecuador in the early hours of Wednesday, March 30, despite Argentina having already secured qualification for the World Cup. 

However, if his ban is not shortened within the next week, he is expected to return to England having made a wasteful trip to South America. 

Spurs are said to be concerned by Romero making the journey after he suffered an almost three-month-long hamstring injury during November’s international break. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

This is pretty big news and Spurs will definitely be worried about the potential implications this could have on them going forward. 

Argentina have already qualified and don’t necessarily need to be playing their best players, but it is understandable that they want to always represent their country. 

But the fact that he has already flown out to South America not knowing if he will be able to play seems pretty farcical to say the least. 

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