Cristian Romero, a 25-year-old Tottenham defender, suffered an ankle injury during Argentina’s triumph over Peru, raising doubts about his readiness for Monday’s match against Fulham. The injury occurred early in the game as a result of a challenge by Peruvian Paolo Guerrero. Despite initially displaying signs of pain, Romero completed the first half. However, he requested to be replaced just four minutes into the second half and will be evaluated 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.
Meanwhile, Tottenham is keeping an eye on the fitness of captain Son Heung-min, who played the entire 90 minutes for South Korea in a friendly against Vietnam despite a groin problem. Son was spotted grimacing in the second half, but he stated that after flying to Korea, he couldn’t pass up the chance to play in front of the fans. Jurgen Klinsmann, South Korea’s manager and a Tottenham icon, said that Son’s condition did not deteriorate during the 6-0 win, as the plan had always been for him to play the entire 90 minutes.