Tottenham’s Cristian Romero, the 25-year-old defender, sustained an ankle injury during Argentina’s victory over Peru, raising concerns about his availability for the upcoming match against Fulham on Monday. The injury occurred early in the game following a challenge from Peru’s Paolo Guerrero. Despite showing signs of discomfort initially, Romero managed to finish the first half. However, he requested to be substituted just four minutes into the second half and will undergo an assessment upon his return.
Romero has been instrumental for Tottenham this season, forming a strong partnership with summer signing Micky van de Ven. As the Premier League leaders, losing Romero for an extended period would be a significant setback, not only due to his defensive skills but also his leadership qualities. Backup options, such as Eric Dier, who hasn’t played this season, and Ben Davies, who is better suited to a back-three formation, aren’t as strong. Another potential choice, summer signing Ashley Phillips, would mean relying on an inexperienced defensive duo against Fulham.
Tottenham is hoping Romero’s injury isn’t severe and that he can feature in the match against Marco Silva’s team, keeping their fingers crossed for a positive outcome.
In the meantime, Tottenham is also monitoring the fitness of captain Son Heung-min, who played the full 90 minutes for South Korea in a friendly against Vietnam, despite an ongoing groin issue. Son was seen grimacing in the latter stages of the second half, but he explained that he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play in front of the fans after traveling to Korea. Jurgen Klinsmann, the manager of South Korea and a Tottenham legend, confirmed that Son didn’t worsen his injury during the 6-0 win, as the plan had always been for him to play the full 90 minutes.