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Tottenham quartet set to miss Newcastle tie after international break as pleas rebuffed

Tottenham quartet set to miss Newcastle tie after international break as pleas rebuffed

Tottenham’s up and down start to the season

After a shoddy performance at the Emirates Stadium that saw Spurs fall to a 3-1 defeat, Nuno Espirito Santo was facing major question marks about his future.

Wins over Slovenian minnows NS Mura and Aston Villa in the seven days since have helped steady the ship, and it seems as though he will make it to the end of the season, given the clause inserted in the Portuguese’s contract.

With another international break now upon us, however, further problems lie ahead.

Four players set to be missing

A quartet of Spurs players have been called up by South American nations, with Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero set to represent Argentina, Davinson Sanchez called up by Colombia and Emerson Royal handed a Brazil call.

Of course, the Argentine duo, and Sanchez, were all forced to fly back to England from the last international break via a training camp in Croatia, in order to maintain their match fitness, a detour which saw them miss the 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace.

Last time out, the players were permitted to depart their national camps early, but Argentinian boss Lionel Scaloni shot down any hopes of the Lilywhites stars doing the same this time around.

When drawn on the topic, he said:

“We are not going to do the same as last time with the Premier League players, under no circumstances,”

“[Last month] I said that they came to play all three games but the players raised a difficult decision for me and I understood it, so I released them. Now the players are here to play the three games. Under no point of view they will leave earlier.”

To add further insult to injury, the Evening Standard report that:

“Colombia and Brazil are also refusing allow Davinson Sanchez and Emerson Royal, respectively, to return to the club early”

This means that Spurs could be without as many as four players (not including any injuries) for their meeting with Newcastle, with just 36 hours between the final round of international fixtures and the clash with Steve Bruce’s side. While Nuno and co. have not yet given up hope of them playing, it seems altogether unlikely.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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