Tottenham’s South American quartet expect to be available to face Newcastle as they jet back to UK

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Giovani Lo Celso in action for Argentina against Peru (AFP via Getty Images)
Giovani Lo Celso in action for Argentina against Peru (AFP via Getty Images)

Tottenham’s four South American internationals are expected to be available for Sunday’s game against Newcastle after swiftly jetting back to the UK this morning.

Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso played in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Peru overnight, while Emerson Royal started for Brazil in their 4-1 win over Uruguay and Davinson Sanchez was an unused substitute during Colombia’s 0-0 draw with Chile.

Spurs have put on a private jet to fly the quartet home and, while it will be a tight turnaround, it is expected they will be available to play some part at St James’ Park.

Speaking after the Brazil game in Manaus, Royal said: “I am leaving here straight to London to get ready. For now, the information that I have is that I will arrive and play on Sunday.”

Lo Celso and Romero will not need to quarantine on their arrival as Argentina is no longer on the UK’s red list.

Sanchez and Royal must isolate for 10 days at Spurs Lodge but are free to train and play during that time.

Colombia is one of seven countries on the UK red list and because Brazil played there on Sunday Royal and Sanchez must both quarantine.

Tottenham are not the only Premier League club to be impacted by the South American World Cup qualifier running deep into this international break.

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva played 90 minutes for Brazil overnight and Thomas Tuchel said before the international break it was unlikely the 34-year-old would play against Brentford tomorrow.

Liverpool are also impacted as they play Watford in the lunchtime kick-off tomorrow. The Reds had tried move the fixture, but Watford argued it was unfair on fans to move the match at short notice when it had been announced in July.

As a result, Brazil duo Alisson Becker and Fabinho are expected to miss the game at Vicarage Road.

“I believe that this first match against Watford, it will be very hard for us,” Fabinho said. “I don’t think we’ll play. Neither Alisson nor myself.”

Manchester City and Manchester United have similar issues. City forward Gabriel Jesus played for Brazil overnight and so did United midfielder Fred, making them doubts for their sides’ 3pm kick-offs tomorrow and Burnley and Leicester respectively.

The star of Brazil’s win over Uruguay was Leeds winger Raphinha, who scored twice.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa desperately wants to play him at Southampton tomorrow, but has said he will will risk him if there is a threat of injury.

“If there is any risk that fatigue could cause injuries to Raphinha, then we won’t risk him, there are so many aspects to consider, that I can’t offer any certainties either way,” he said.

That will also be the decision facing Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo, as Spurs prepare to face Newcastle in their first game since their Saudi takeover.

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