'Impossible', 'seriously blows my mind': Some Spurs fans fuming by what they've read today
Spurs fear they are losing the battle to have their four South American players released early from international duty, according to the Evening Standard.
During the September international break, Tottenham were without Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez for an extended spell.
The trio spent 10 days training in Croatia in order to avoid having to quarantine in a UK hotel after coming back from red-listed mainland South America.
Argentina pair Lo Celso and Romero, Colombia centre-back Sanchez and Brazil full-back Emerson Royal have all been called up by their nations for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Spurs are among the top-flight clubs still locked in talks with national associations over releasing their South American stars before next week’s matches.
Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United will also be impacted, though Tottenham would be the worst affected.
According to the Evening Standard, while no final decision has been reached, countries are currently refusing to sanction an early release.
This has left clubs fearing their players could miss the first round of Premier League fixtures after the international break.
Tottenham began the season brightly but suffered a major downturn in form after the September break.
And Spurs fans are anxious about the prospect of similar disruption happening this time round:
Why tf did they decide to leave again? Seriously blows my mind— 🦋 Dier Prop (@diersznn) October 6, 2021
Didn't they see what happened last time???? We literally lost 3 games with 9 goals scored against is in Total,why tf are they doing this to us?— Thot-the-bot (@TingzTootsie) October 6, 2021
Absolute momentum killer.— Jonny Reid (@Jonny_2607) October 6, 2021
Three matches?! It's going to be impossible to really judge Spurs while this ridiculousness continues. September, October and November all totally ******* by the international breaks. Having 4 current S American internationals a huge disadvantage ATM.— Jill Lewis (@jilllewis33) October 6, 2021
Ffs— Smidz (@dsmithersthfc) October 6, 2021
Other player need to be ready now this is their chance and opportunity— pj (@pakkapong18) October 6, 2021
Why can't we stop our players going? Especially if their Federations won't even let them back before the final game?— It all seems a bit trivial now 💙 (@MattyFrench82) October 6, 2021
Liverpool stopped Firmino going and City stopped Jesus last time
Argentina, Brazil and Colombia play the last of this month’s three qualifiers late on the Thursday night or in the early hours of Friday morning.
There is reportedly an acknowledgement at Tottenham that they are in a more favourable position than some of their rivals.
They face Newcastle in a 4:30pm kick-off on Sunday, potentially leaving time for the quartet to return to the UK and feature at St. James’ Park.
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