Tottenham confirm Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso will join up with Argentina after new Government rules allow duo to avoid compulsory 10-day self-isolation on return
- Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso will be able to train after the internationals
- Both were reprimanded for going against Spurs’ wishes after previous call-up
- Argentina are a red-zone country for travel according to UK Covid protocols
- Arriving from South American country leads to a 10-day hotel quarantine
Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed Argentina duo Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso will report for international duty this week amid new quarantine exemptions to be enforced from this month.
The pair were reprimanded by the club for joining up with their national teams against the club’s instructions for the last set of international fixtures.
At the time, Spurs told players who had to enter a red-zone territory in order to play for their country that they could not report for international duty because it meant they had to quarantine for 10 days in a Government approved hotel upon their return.
Cristian Romero (left) and Giovani Lo Celso have Tottenham’s approval to play for Argentina
But Whitehall have since given players an exemption to avoid the compulsory 10-day hotel self-isolation period provided they head straight into their bio-secure club bubble provided they are fully vaccinated.
It means players who have entered red-zone countries can train and play for the clubs after the current international fixtures, provided they have taken both Covid injections.
And the Spurs boss has confirmed that Romero and Lo Celso will report for Argentina duty and that they will be available to train upon their return, a clear indication the pair are fully vaccinated.
‘They will go and they will return and they will return on different situations,’ said Nuno. ‘They they will have to isolate, but we are fortunate enough to have the Lodge and work normally with the team.’
The Portuguese boss eased the pressure on his position with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
And Nuno added: ‘Today was very important for us, all the boys, the fans and the way the team played, I think we should be proud.
The duo have been called up to the Argentina squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers
‘After we scored the second, from that moment we continued to create chances and I honestly believe there were more goals there for us today, but the production and the way we produced, the way we created was much, much better.’
Villa boss Dean Smith, who also revealed goalkeeper Emi Martinez will join up with Argentina, purred about Heung-min Son’s performance after the loss, saying: ‘We started the second half really well and got our just rewards, and sometimes games change on players, they had outstanding player on the pitch in Son, who won them the game.
‘His biggest quality is getting behind the defence but he’s also got great feet. Sometimes you have to tip your hat. The only difference between the two teams today was Son.’
Meanwhile, FIFA have praised English football and the UK government for finding a solution to the quarantine dilemma that has allowed the likes of Romero, Lo Celso and Martinez to train and play with their clubs immediately after the international break.
Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed the players will return to Spurs following the international break after they were given an exemption to avoid hotel quarantine
A statement read: ‘FIFA welcomes the UK government`s decision to allow fully vaccinated players the opportunity to represent their countries in the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup and return from a red-list country to bespoke quarantine conditions.
‘We have worked closely with the UK government, Football Association and Premier League to find a reasonable solution, in the interests of everyone, and we believe this is a much more desirable solution to the situation that players faced in September.
‘FIFA believes this is a positive step in the right direction and appreciates the support and cooperation from all stakeholders in the game during a challenging period.
‘We acknowledge this decision does not help every player and we remain committed to further improving the situation for upcoming windows and joining discussions to explain more about the many measures we are putting in place to reduce the risks of COVID transmission into the community as a result of player travel.
‘We encourage COVID-19 vaccinations and endorse the World Health Organization’s position: safe, fair, and equitable access is critical in all countries. Players should not receive priority access to vaccines.’