Coach Nuno Espirito Santo said he is facing some problems defining the Tottenham team that will face Newcastle this Sunday (17th). Although the coach did not specify what the problems were, English newspaper “The Sun” highlighted that Spurs are facing an outbreak of Covid-19, which would have affected the two players initially. Even though the names of the athletes have not been officially revealed, the UK press has speculated that one of them will be a Korean son.
? After stopping for national team games, we always run into problems. They are players who need some recovery time or who reinvent themselves and run out of time for more detailed work because there is a game ahead… we have some problems, but I’m off the game. Wouldn’t I say first? Nuno Espirito Santo said.
Tottenham found players who played in the South American qualifiers and later needed to reinvent themselves, as was the case with Argentina’s Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero. Colombian Davinson Sanchez and Brazilian Emerson Royal also fit the issue. Because of this, athletes are not confirmed against Newcastle. However, Nuno Espirito Santo’s main concern is isolation by covid.
As standard procedure in cases of illness, the UK requires a mandatory ten-day quarantine. This situation would force players to lose matches not only against Newcastle, but against Vitesse of the Netherlands in the Conference League. The isolation time would still prevent them from playing in another Premier League side, where Tottenham will face West Ham.
One of the infected, Son Nuno is believed to be the first in Espirito Santo’s team and is achieving excellent numbers. The Korean has played nine matches this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists. The athlete’s growth in the previous Games was fundamental to the team’s recovery, which came from three matches without a win.
Tottenham will face Newcastle this Sunday (17), at 12:30 pm (GMT) at the Stadium St James’s Park in a match valid for the 8th round of the Premier League. Currently, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team is in 8th place with 12 points, while Newcastle, who have only 3, are one of the members of the relegation zone and are in 19th place.