Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero could miss Argentina fixtures as Lionel Scaloni offers update
It would have been a moment of pride for Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Cristian Romero when he was named in manager Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad once again.
The former Atalanta defender was primed to travel with his teammates to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami to take on Honduras in an international friendly. However, that situation now looks like it may not happen.
Due to the delays in the Government offices caused by the aftermath of Her Majesty The Queen’s death on September 8, Lisandro Martinez and Romero were unable to secure the necessary paperwork required for their visa (h/t the Express).
The Manchester United defender has since resolved his situation but Romero is unable to link up with his teammates as he remains in Argentina in a bid to get the green light to travel to the USA.
A boost for Spurs?
If he can’t manage to do it by later today (September 23), Romero could have to return to London. Scaloni is seemingly bothered by the 23-year-old defender’s situation and said to reporters (h/t the Express):
“Romero’s situation bothers me. He’s stuck in Argentina and can’t travel – it’s a problem. It’s the last date to get together and he can’t be there yet.”
La Albiceleste play against Jamaica on September 28 but if Romero’s situation isn’t fixed, he could return without having played any minutes. These games are important for national team managers as they won’t have a lot of time with their players before the FIFA World Cup commences in November.
Romero is expected to make Scaloni’s 26-man squad for the showpiece event in Qatar and he would have surely liked to have played some minutes with his international teammates leading up to that.
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His personal loss could become the team’s gain, as the defender would then massively reduce the chances of being fatigued or injured during the international break. Spurs play against Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League on October 1 next.