Tottenham Hotspur are expecting to have their South American contingent available for this weekend’s Premier League return…
That’s according to Telegraph reporters Chris Bascombe and Mike McGrath, who delivered a fresh update on the state of play as the international break draws to a close later this week.
Argentina duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, Brazil right-back Emerson Royal and Colombia centre-back Davinson Sanchez were not given early releases from their respective national teams and will be playing on Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday.
But they will fly directly back to north London, via private jet, to their Hotspur Way training base in time for Sunday’s clash at Newcastle United. They are expected to sleep and be assessed there.
This will come as a massive boost to Nuno Santo and Spurs as it means he may well have four of his first-team stars available for quite an intriguing encounter – it’s the first game since the Magpies were taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium, so the home crowd could be out in full force at St James’ Park.
The Lilywhites ended a run of three heavy straight defeats with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa right before the break and they will be looking to build on that this weekend.
Three of the four South American players featured at some point in the match, so if the Portuguese head coach wants to stick with a winning lineup, then he’s able to do that following this update.
Evidently, either of the three could be in line to start up in the northeast, should they be fit.
This would be a huge source of encouragement for Nuno, who could well still be under pressure as one win doesn’t detract from their recent run of poor results, in which they were embarrassed in the north London derby.
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