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Tottenham news: Cristian Romero shock absence as Italy star wows on international break

Your Tottenham Hotspur morning digest on Sunday, September 25.

Romero absent

There was no Cristian Romero playing for Argentina in their 3-0 win against Honduras on Friday.

The Spurs centre-back has been unable to get a visa from the US Embassy in England due to delays following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and subsequently missed the game with his national team in the United States.

Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni said, "Cuti Romero's situation bothers me. He's stuck in Argentina and can't travel. It's a problem, it's the last date to get together and he can't be there yet."

On loan teammate Giovani Lo Celso did play in the match and got 72 minutes before being substituted.

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Also on international duty for Spurs was Eric Dier and Harry Kane who both started and played in England's 1-0 Nations League loss to Italy at San Siro, being relegated in the process.

Read the full story, here.

Loan players rated

Having been unable to move on some senior players permanently this summer Antonio Conte has a host of performances to monitor.

Amongst the most high profile are Tanguy Ndombele, Lo Celso and new summer signing Destiny Udogie. Whilst the Frenchman hasn't had the best start to life in at Napoli, only starting two of the first five games, there have been impressive showings elsewhere.

At Portsmouth, Dane Scarlett has scored three times and got one assist in nine League One matches on the south coast. The 18-year-old is making a big first impression for manager Danny Cowley and is certainly one to watch.

Udogie, loaned straight out after joining from Udinese in the summer, has been brilliant for his side and has them third in the league so far.

Read the full story, here.

Richarlison opens up on move

Spurs' new No.9 has become a fan favourite already following his big-money move from Everton this summer and with details emerging over how he got to the club, it's only going to make him a more popular figure.

Richarlison said: "I know Chelsea made an offer, and I believe Arsenal also contacted Everton to ask about my situation, but Spurs came in and paid the fee, you know? It’s as simple as that. Everton had to sell some players to avoid a Financial Fair Play problem, and the negotiations were very brief, to be honest.

"I was on holiday in Brazil when I heard that Tottenham had made Everton an offer. I was happy because they are a huge team. Then it was all about the clubs negotiating a deal, and fortunately, everything went well. Antonio Conte called me during the negotiations and expressed how much he’d like to have me on board – that was vital for my decision. "

Read the full story, here.


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