Nuno Espirito Santo suffers blow after summer signing unlikely to play in next Tottenham clash

By Emma de Duve

Emerson Royal is unlikely to be available for Tottenham's next game against Newcastle after his international duties with Brazil.

Royal made three appearances for his country in the Copa America, which they lost to Argentina in the final.

The Brazilian's call-up for international duties in the second break of the season so far gives him three chances to make more appearances for his country.

Their first fixture is set to be played on Friday, against Venezuela, before a match against Colombia on Sunday and the final game being against Uruguay on October 15.

These three fixtures won't finish until two days before Tottenham are set to travel North to play Newcastle and given travel home and potential features in three matches, it is unlikely Royal will feature.

Brazil manager, Tite, has revealed that his players won't return to England early, which effects Royal at Spurs as well as Aston Villa, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Leeds and Man Utd.

"There was never that possibility [of them returning to England early]. They were called up for the three games," he said ahead of their first match.

The 22-year-old has made four appearances in the Premier League for Tottenham under Nuno Espirito Santo so far this season, after making the move from Barcelona in the recent transfer window.

He played 90 minutes in Spurs' most recent fixture, a 2-1 win against Aston Villa and showed signs of the solid player he could become for the Lilywhites.

During the fixture against Dean Smith's side, he had four interceptions, made seven clearances and had 86 touches which was more than anyone else on the pitch.

Nuno Espirito Santo will have to make some rotations to his starting XI when Tottenham travel to St James' Park (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

The defender is currently battling for his place as Espirito Santo's number one right-back option, with Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty also being options in his position.

If he continues his good form, he may not have such a tough fight, which may make his potential absence at St James' Park frustrating for him and his boss.

Royal has explained what it has been like since his move to north London.

"The first few days were very complicated because I didn't understand anything at all," he said to Globo Esporte.

"Now I’m going to study more too, it'll be easier. So I think that language is now a problem, a difficulty, but in a short period of time I’ll work it out fine."

Tite's revelation is also in line with Lionel Scaloni, who has revealed his Argentina players will also not be returning to England before the fixtures are played, which involves Tottenham's Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero.

"We are not going to do the same as last time with the Premier League players," he said via TyC Sports.

"Now the players are here to play the three games. Under no point of view they will leave earlier."

After the chaos the first international break caused, with the Lilywhites' South American trio having to isolate in a training camp in Croatia for ten days, the Premier League have put an exemption in place to try and prevent further problems.

This means players who return from red-listed countries will still have to isolate when they return to their club but they will be able to play and train with their team, if they are fully vaccinated.

With the potential absence of some key players for the next Premier League fixture, Espirito Santo will have to use the depth of his squad to try and get maximum points from Steve Bruce's side.

This will mean the likes of Tanganga, Doherty, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Joe Rodon could all be given match minutes and a chance to prove why they should be the Tottenham head coach's first choice.


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