Argentina reject Tottenham’s request to release Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero early

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Tottenham face being without their four South American stars against Newcastle on Sunday week after losing their battle to have them released early from international duty.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has said "under no circumstances" will Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero be released until after their country’s World Cup qualifier against Peru in the early hours of next Friday morning.

Colombia and Brazil are also refusing allow Davinson Sanchez and Emerson Royal, respectively, to return to the club early. Brazil also play in the early hours of Friday, while Colombia kick off at 10pm UK time on Thursday night.

Spurs are exploring the logistics of flying the quartet back to the UK in time to feature in the 4.30pm kick-off at Newcastle and have not given up hope they could be involved. But with around 36 hours between games, the turnaround is extremely tight.

In similar circumstances, Lo Celso, Romero and Sanchez were all released early by their countries last month but still missed two Spurs matches while they trained in Croatia for ten days to avoid a spell in UK quarantine.

"We are not going to do the same as last time with the Premier League players, under no circumstances," Scaloni said.

"[Last month] I said that they came to play all three games but the players raised a difficult decision for me and I understood it, so I released them. Now the players are here to play the three games. Under no point of view they will leave earlier."

The Spurs quartet are all double-vaccinated, so will be able to quarantine for 10 days at the club’s training ground and be involved in training and matches under new rules introduced by the Government earlier this month.

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