Antonio Conte satisfied despite stalemate
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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte will be sweating over the fitness of Cristian Romero after the 23-year-old was forced off with an injury during Argentina’s goalless draw with Brazil on Monday evening. Neither side were able to break the deadlock in San Juan, but a point was enough for Argentina to secure their participation at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
However, the hosts were forced into an unscheduled change of personnel just minutes into the second half of the match.
Romero pulled up with what appeared to be a nasty hamstring injury and dropped to the turf clutching his upper leg.
He was quickly replaced by Real Betis defender German Pezzella and whisked off for treatment.
It seems as though Romero could be a doubt for Tottenham as they return to Premier League action against Leeds United this weekend.
The on-loan Atalanta man is expected to undergo a number of fitness tests between now and kick-off on Sunday afternoon.
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The timing of the match will give Romero an extra day to recover when compared with the vast majority of Premier League sides, who will play on Saturday.
However, it remains to be seen whether he will be passed fit after he was left unable to continue for Argentina on Monday night.
Romero has been selected to start alongside Eric Dier and Ben Davies as part of Tottenham’s back three in each of Conte’s two games in charge.
He was sent off during his side’s Europa League win over Vitesse last week after picking up two yellow cards.
The Argentine defender went on to help Spurs keep a clean sheet as they drew 0-0 at Everton before the international break.
If he is deemed unavailable for selection against Leeds, it seems likely that Davinson Sanchez or Japhet Tanganga will replace him at the back.
Romero admitted last month that he is enjoying life at Tottenham despite the club’s stuttering start to the new season, with Conte’s side occupying ninth place in the Premier League table as things stand.
“Slowly but surely, I’m feeling more at home here,” Romero told Sky Sports last month.
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“It’s not something that would happen overnight and every change of environment requires a period of adapting. I’m feeling good at the moment and hopefully I can continue playing at this level.
“Gio [Lo Celso] has helped me to settle in and I like having him as a team-mate for both club and country.
“He’s a very good friend and clearly it helps having people like him here as we play together for Argentina. But he didn’t influence my decision to join.
“It was fully my decision to come to Tottenham as it’s a big club playing in the best league in the world.”
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