CONMEBOL’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are ongoing, but with South America being on the United Kingdom’s red list, clubs either negotiated their player’s release or withheld them from departing.
That wasn’t the case for the Argentine players who opposed orders not to travel on international duty. As a result, there are some issues regarding when these players will be returning.
For example, Tottenham negotiated with the Colombian national team to have Davinson Sanchez return after Sunday’s game against Paraguay. However, Sky Sports News reports that the north London-based club did no such deal as the Sanchez one with the Argentina national team.
Tottenham is entangled in a new club-versus-country confrontation as their Argentine players jeopardize missing out on the next two Premier League fixtures. Nonetheless, manager Lionel Scaloni states that every player on the squad is there to participate in all three matches.
“We gave the list for the three games, and there are no doubts about that,” Scaloni said. “The players are here to play all three games. We never had a refusal from the clubs. We spoke and reached a conclusion that they had to come.”
Suppose Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero remain for all three games. In that case, it means they’ll miss the fixtures at Crystal Palace next Saturday, Tottenham’s Europa Conference League opener at Stade Rennais on September 16, along with their clash against Chelsea on September 19.