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Why Cristian Romero is absent for Tottenham vs Arsenal

Why Cristian Romero is absent for Tottenham vs Arsenal

 

An explanation for the absence of star defender Cristian Romero from Tottenham Hotspur’s squad to face Arsenal has been provided on Thursday evening.

The latest edition of the North London Derby is of course set to play out in short order.

Amid the tense ongoing battle for the Premier League’s final top-4 berth, Spurs will play host to Arsenal, in the knowledge that a defeat would see their hopes of a return to the Champions League brought to a definitive end for another season.

In turn, it no doubt came as a blow to all associated with the Lilywhites to learn that, a short time ago, one of the club’s star performers was ruled out of Thursday night’s action.

The player in question? Cristian Romero.

Upon Antonio Conte’s latest matchday XI being unveiled, summer arrival Romero was nowhere to be seen:

Injury blow

And an explanation for as much, as alluded to above, has since been provided.

As per Tottenham reporter Dan Kilpatrick, Romero misses out on the derby owing to an unspecified injury problem, the extent of which is yet to be revealed:

*Update* – Antonio Conte has since confirmed that his star stopper is suffering with a hip complaint:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.