As international breaks go, it’s been pretty awful for Tottenham Hotspur.
Three of their players have been involved in a COVID-19 controversy, with Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez all leaving for international duty against the wishes of their club.
Argentina duo Lo Celso and Romero saw officials disrupting their match against Brazil before it was suspended and the pair – as well as Sanchez – are now embarking on a ten-day training camp in Croatia and expected to miss matches against Crystal Palace and Rennes.
Another potential blow for Nuno Espirito Santo is that Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn both picked up knocks during the break.
Son missed their World Cup qualifier against Lebanon and the 29-year-old will now return to Spurs to be assessed.
He played the full 90 minutes against Iraq and seemingly picked up a calf injury, though it’s not yet clear if he’s a doubt for the Palace clash this weekend.
Bergwijn, meanwhile, appeared to be struggling with an ankle problem during the Netherlands’ 6-1 win over Turkey.
He was replaced by Donyell Malen just past the hour-mark and was later seen with ice on the injury.
Youngsters Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon also look to have picked up knocks during the two-week period for England’s Under-21s.
Skipp sustained a problem during the win over Kosovo in Milton Keynes and had to be replaced in the second-half.
Sessegnon withdrew from Lee Carsley’s squad after suffering a ‘knock’ in training.
Nuno will be hoping that first-team regulars Son, Bergwijn and Skipp can return for the Palace clash.
Son in particular has been a key figure for Spurs so far this term, netting twice in their opening three Premier League matches, while Skipp has, like the South Korean, started every top-flight match.
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