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Spurs star ruled out for a month with injury; Conte could make emergency signing

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According to Football London, Tottenham centre-back Cristian Romero will be out for three to four weeks due to injury.

Despite playing the entire 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, the report claims the Argentine international suffered a muscular injury.

Romero has been plagued by injuries since joining Spurs on loan from Atalanta last summer. He joined the club with a knee injury sustained in the Copa America final, then suffered a serious hamstring injury that sidelined him for three months between November and February before a hip problem forced him to miss the final three games of the north London club’s season, as they finished fourth.

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The 24-year-old will now be ruled out of the upcoming games against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, West Ham United, Fulham, and possibly the difficult trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Premier League champions Manchester City.

Romero is perhaps Spurs’ best centre-back and with him out, their defense could be quite shaky. The news of Romero’s upcoming absence will annoy manager Antonio Conte, who is a big fan of the player. And according to Daily Express, it might persuade him to sign a replacement for the star before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

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coys1882
coys1882
1 month ago

There is a report from Argentina directly contradicting this report (see here) … “contrary to what was initially reported on Wednesday, Argentine publication TyC Sports have claimed that Cristian Romero is only expected to be out of action for ten days” … and reporting there is NO muscle injury, just the after-effects of the stamp from Cucurella.

If the Argentinian report is correct, which seems much more likely, Romero will only miss the game against Wolves. It should be noted that Romero showed no trace of any injury in the sequences leading up to our second equaliser, so one susppects senationalist reporting from the UK media, rather than the truth as supplied by the Argie outlet.

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
1 month ago

Much to my disappointment I feel that top CB is not on our list this season and I know I am not alone in thinking CB needs upgrading and personally am a bit surprised that Tonio didnt stamp his feet and shout out for one.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

To be fair to Sanchez, he did pretty well when he filled in for Romero last season. Looks like he’s going to get his chance, it’s more likely than us rushing into the transfer market but we are suddenly looking a bit thin at the back. Tanganga isn’t good enough yet and Lenglet is a complete unknown quantity in the Premiership…

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago

Another option is bring Lenglet in to the middle, and put Dier on the right. Dier played there under Poch sometimes, and Lenglet has the distribution required for the middle role

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

Patching up and making do, I thought Levy was supposed to be ‘backing’ Conte?

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Lenglet is a French international CB, and Dier played on the right of a three for Pochettino. Hardly patching up.

The easy thing would be to drop Sanchez in.

at large
at large
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

I thought Lenglet is injured a little.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  at large

Well it will be Sanchez then.

Not my preference but hey

Harry Hotspur
1 month ago
Reply to  at large

That’s what Conte said

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago

Sanchez filled in fine during the last few games. Not ideal by any means, and out if the two I think i’d prefer Tanganga as he is a more natural fit for that position.

I would like to see Royal played in the back three though. He is a solid defender, is pretty tidy on the ball, and doesn’t mind taking the ball in a tight space and playing out. I think this position would be better suited to his game than wingback.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

Tanganga has never been the same since his nightmare against Palace, he’ll seriously need to go again to convince the world that he’s good enough for this level…

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

He played 90 v Palace later on and we won 3-0.

Quite a small sample size to jusge really, he only played about 400 PL minutes after that first Palace fixture

HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
1 month ago

Let’s hope Sanchez maintains his form from the end of last season and not that we saw in pre-season.

We were already 1 CB down before Romero’s injury.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

This is with the Champions League to contend with as well. We haven’t done enough transfer wise this summer yet, nowhere near enough. But hey, we’ve got three right-wingbacks!!

HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Very true, when we start having 2 games a week we’ll see the true depth in quality the board have left Conte with.

judge
judge
1 month ago

It has to be said , Conte is “upgrading ” and going through transition with the squad .
Yes , on Sunday we were largely outplayed but the manager did respond and the team definitely improved second half . Changes he made did make us more competitive and dangerous .
Sonny , Harry and Kulu were strangely quiet , tactically starved by inability of midfield to retain the football . However the experience of Perisic [ and possibly their fear of him] the ball winning Bissouma and the energetic aggression of Richarlison gave Chelsea something to think about .
We know it will be better than this , but can Chelsea improve on their game , they are also short of “a Harry Kane” [ we got that feeling on Sunday !] So of the two sides I believe Spurs can be the team that leaves the more satisfied . Started slowly improved , left with apoint we didn’t get last year — little fish are sweet ……………. C O Y S

Bentoncure
Bentoncure
1 month ago

For me it was more a tactical shape problem than bad defending, Chelsea were so dominant yet had 3 shots on target, so that would suggest we defended well as a team

Tochel out foxed Conte throughout the game switching from a 4 to a 5 the complete opposite to what Conte had done first creating space in the middle of the park then the change created space down the sides

must agree however we looked short in every department

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Bentoncure

The thing you have to weigh up is that Tuchel made a sacrifice playing without a striker. This gave them a numerical advantage over the pitch, but also meant they didn’t have the finisher to put that advantage to use

Bentoncure
Bentoncure
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

Agreed, but it was not a numerical advantage we did both have 11 on the pitch
although it might not have looked like it, my point was when we went 5 he went 4
when we went 4 he went 5 But in fairness Conte never had much choice

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Bentoncure

It was a numerical advantage everywhere but our backline. Hence the ball domination but a lack of anyone who could tuck chances away (both goals from their defenders)

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

Poor man’s Man City? Chelsea have the players to inter change but when it counted their forwards fluffed their lines. Havertz missed a very good chance in the second half, hitting it wide. I think Mount missed one too, because he normally does. Sterling missed one in the second half, skied it. Tuchel will know his team should have scored at least 4, but you have to take your chances. Thanfully, for us, they didn’t.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

Numerical advantage? Were we down to 10 men or something?

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

No, they didn’t have a striker. They played with pretty much 6 midfielders, which gave them a numerical advantage everywhere else but up top. No surprise they dominated but were pretty toothless with it really

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago
Reply to  Bentoncure

Chelsea missed at least 3 sitters ..our defending was chaotic for most of the game all this revisionist garbage is exactly that .

Ian
Ian
1 month ago

Rumour is the injury isn’t as bad as the original rumour and it’s a knock from what he received from Hairdo on Sunday

I agree we do need another class centre back !

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago

Romero seems to get a lot of injuries. Just saying…

Bentoncure
Bentoncure
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

Agreed, but in this case he was stamped on which has gone relatively unmentioned

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
1 month ago

Just read an interesting article about Klopp and his management of medical sports science at Liverpool. He famously cleared out the medical /fitness staff soon after arriving at Liverpool because he was sick of the injury list.

He is now on his fourth head of medical services and the same number of heads of physio. Liverpool’s whole way of playing depends on being the fittest team in probably world football.

Each player gets individual fitness programmes with a huge emphasis on recovery between games and every player has a one to one relationship with the relevant staff.

Klopp doesn’t always get it right they have had clusters of injuries before and are going through a lot of injuries at the moment. I know there are whispers about this whole business at Liverpool but as everything seems to be getting a shake up at Spurs it’s long past time the medical /fitness /sports science was looked at.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago

The modern day footballer is constantly tested to check their biometrics and rightly so. City know how valuable a squad is and why they need four £50m players on the bench. Liverpool are building their squad but God forbid we do this (the furore around Richarlision is bizarre)! I look at some footballers who are injury prone and wonder if they could be doing more to be more professional away from the club or is it ill informed medical advice. Back in Tom Huddlestone’s day, though not that long ago, the players at Spurs used to go to McDonald’s after training! That is ridiculous, any wonde we struggled to get Ch Lg?. Ronaldo has stayed at the top because of his fitness regime and lifestyle (lots of sleep throughout the day). Rooney was rarely injured but his liking for a night out caught up with him and he couldn’t sustain his performance levels like Ronaldo/Ibrahimovic.

Klopp gets slated in the media for speaking out against fixture congestion, but he is correct. The physical demands of top level football are very high and just because these players get paid extortionate amounts of money does not mean they should be flogged for our pleasure. Sky et al just want the product thrown to the masses as much as possible to increase advertising revenue and have no vested interest in player well being.

That said, injuries are bound to happen, it is a contact and physically demanding sport, but if injuries can be reduced by allowing proper recovery to take place the viewing spectacle will be better overall.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago

We are better with Romero, but we’d be better with Ant & Dec as opposed to Dier/Sanchez, but this lad has had too many injuries now. We need a top draw CB so this might push this on.

Also, either there is something wrong with him physically or our Medical team are winging it! He’s had more injuries than Darren Anderton.

Lenglet has to come in to the fray now. Has he been injured because if Conte thinks Davies is better left sided option we have picked a wrong un.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  CowSpurs

Have to wait and see on Lenglet, Royal was another player Barcelona wanted to offload, just saying…

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

Lenglet never convinced me in the Ch Lg games I saw, but he is a better footballer than Davies.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  CowSpurs

It’s hard to gauge really. Barca are a very different set up, always leave their CBs exposed. Him playing in a two for them v playing in a Conte three is chalk and cheese.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

I hope he turns out ok, I think he’ll be better than Davies because he will be able to pass better. Lenglet is a better footballer.

Harry Hotspur
1 month ago
Reply to  CowSpurs

My dog is a better footballer than Davies, and he sleeps most of the day

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Romero makes Davies look like a Chelsea Academy graduate. We are blessed indeed!

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

Last season was a scrabble for cash for Barcelona. They now want to offload De Jong too. They are a complex club.

Royal is a pretty solid right-back, just not a natural wingback. He would probably fill in for Romero in the 3 well if Conte is bold

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

Royal has little to no attacking awareness. Being able to jst defend is no longer good enough, Wan Bissaka has found this out. He was a dream at Crystal Palace, sitting in and not letting anything go past, but in a more attacking team his inadequacies became apparent. It was poor recruitment from Man Utd, and this is the same for Royal.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago
Reply to  CowSpurs

The medical team waited 5 months insisting Skipp didn’t need an operation and then he had an operation….On the limited knowledge I have they seem poor in evaluation performance and results.

Last edited 1 month ago by Billy Tonsils
CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  Billy Tonsils

That does not sound good

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago

We don’t need an emergency centre back we have cover , we do need another world class centre back though.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  Cabspur

Yup

Tony Borg
Tony Borg
1 month ago
Reply to  Cabspur

Spot on, we’ve been crying out for another centre back, but he has to be a quality centre back, one that will make the first 11, otherwise the team isn’t improving, it’s our back line that that will inevitably cost us this season, It has to be strengthened.

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