Tottenham set to lose four stars for Newcastle clash amid international talks

Spurs' South American quartet free to play: Nuno

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Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo faces a blow in his quest to improve his side’s form as he could be without four stars for Spurs’ trip to Newcastle following the international break, according to reports. 

The North Londoners suffered three consecutive Premier League defeats before they beat Aston Villa on Sunday.  

Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal each scored three goals in their wins over Spurs. It heaped pressure on Nuno to turn around the club’s form despite an impressive first three matches.  

Spurs had won each of their opening trio of fixtures, including an incredible opening day victory over Manchester City.  

The victory over Villa has at least offered some respite but Nuno appears to have now suffered a further blow.  

Travel and quarantine restrictions mean that Nuno might be without his South American players for their trip to Newcastle following the international break. 

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Cristian Romero, Gio Lo Celso, Davinson Sanchez and Emerson Royal have all been called up for international duty. The quartet will head to red-zone countries, meaning that they will need to quarantine after returning to the United Kingdom.  

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However, Spurs are in talks with the Football Associations of Argentina, Colombia and Brazil over allowing each of the individuals to return to the club early, according to the Evening Standard. 

The quartet have all been double-jabbed and therefore, under new guidance, they can train with the rest of the squad while quarantining at the club’s Enfield Training Centre, which hosts the Spurs Lodge accommodation. 

All three nations play the last of the matches this international break as Thursday enters Friday. 

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All three nations play the last of the matches this international break as Thursday enters Friday.  

That means that each of the players will need to be released early to allow them to feature against Newcastle.  

In September, Spurs agreed with the associations of Argentina and Colombia to release Lo Celso, Romero and Sanchez after two matches. However, they still missed two club games. 

That was because they spent 10 days training in Croatia, a green-list country, to avoid being forced into a UK quarantine hotel. 

Missing all three players against the Magpies would be a huge blow for Nuno.  

New right-back Royal, signed from Barcelona on deadline day, has impressed in his appearances so far.  

Romero has settled in well since his loan from Atalanta was sealed, while Sanchez has made strides under Nuno. 

The Portuguese boss was unhappy with players going away to red-list countries during the September international break but has already confirmed that they will travel this week.  

“They will go and they will return and they will return on different situations,” Nuno said after his side defeated Villa.  

“They will have to isolate, but we are fortunate enough to have the Lodge and work normally with the team.”
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