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“People like me should shut up”- Postecoglou unsure when Spurs star will return after injury vs Brentford

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Tottenham Hotspur star Cristian Romero is keen to make the Argentina Olympics squad.

Ange Postecoglou unsure when injured Tottenham superstar Cristian Romero will return

Ange Postecoglou substituted Cristian Romero immediately after his 11th-minute goal to put Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 up against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium on Sunday.

James Maddison whipped in a delicious cross from a free kick which was met by the Argentina international’s head. But he didn’t celebrate much and looked dazed.

An early clash of heads with a Brentford player could have been the underlying cause of it. Medical teams rushed onto the pitch in the third minute as Romero and Bryan Mbeumo clashed at the edge of Spurs’ box.

Tottenham Hotspur's Greek-Australian coach Ange Postecoglou Cristian Romero (C) as he leaves the game injured after scoring the opening goal against Brentford.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Greek-Australian coach Ange Postecoglou Cristian Romero (C) as he leaves the game injured after scoring the opening goal against Brentford. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Asked to address the former Juventus centre-back’s injury after the game, the Greek-Australian manager said, via the Guardian:

“The medical team were monitoring him as he progressed and then he scored with his head. Disappointed that we apparently filled out the wrong slip and it was not a concussion sub. In this day and age with what we know about head injuries, if we are going to worry about what form we fill out.”

Asked when he will return from a potential injury, Postecoglou replied firmly:

“I don’t know, mate, that is where people like me should shut up and listen to the doctors.”

Postecoglou is right. It is important in such matters to give full importance to the player’s health and safety first. Concussions aren’t a perceptible injury and neither does it pain or show itself like a hamstring pull or ACL tear.

But it can be very dangerous if not treated properly and if a player is rushed in before they have fully recovered. Concussions can take a week or two to recover from and we must ensure that Romero gets a day’s rest even after he is cleared of concussion symptoms — if that is indeed what he has suffered from.

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Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier can hope to hold the fort until Romero’s return, whenever that will be.

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