Tottenham: Antonio Conte reveals Cristiano Romero has ‘very serious’ hamstring injury
Antonio Conte reveals £47m defender Cristiano Romero will NOT play again this year due to a ‘very serious’ hamstring injury…with the Argentinian possibly until February
Cristian Romero could be out until February after further investigations revealed the Argentina international suffered a ‘very serious’ hamstring injury.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte confirmed on Wednesday that Romero would not play in 2021 and the plan is to watch the injury ‘week by week’.
Romero fell on November 16 during Argentina’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Brazil with pain in his left leg.
Conte has now confirmed it is “very serious” and that the £47 million summer signing is still three months away.
“The news is not positive, not good,” Conte said.
“The injury is serious and I think it will be a while before I see him again. Definitely next year and we have to watch his injury week after week, but the injury is serious.
“Now that he’s trying to recover, he needs a lot of time. He needs time to recover. It’s a shame because he’s an important player for us, but the injury is very serious.
“January, February I don’t know, but 2021 is ready to play. We have to wait to recover well, but the injury is serious.’
Romero missed the 2-1 win over Leeds United and also did not travel with the squad to Turf Moor for the postponed game against Burnley.
The Argentine appeared to be an important piece of the puzzle under Conte and he got starts in Conte’s first two games in charge.
Arriving for £47million from Atalanta, where he was named Serie A defender of the season for 2020-21, it was an understated start to his life at Tottenham, but just as he grew into the shirt he was faced with a long layoff.
Romero’s Argentine team-mate Giovani Lo Celso has also been sidelined with injury, but Conte is more optimistic about his playmaker’s return.
“It was certainly a shame, but Giovani’s situation is much better than Romero’s,” said the Italian.
“I expect to see him the day after we play against Brentford. He started working on the field.
“And Giovani is definitely another player we should try to exploit. He is a good player and now I want to work with him.”
More to follow.