CRISTIAN ROMERO has been called up by Argentina – despite being SUSPENDED for two games.
And that’s despite the fact that he wasn’t really named in the official group last week.
Romero, 23, received his two-game suspension after participating in September’s elimination World Cup qualifier against Brazil.
The centre-back, as well as Gio Lo Celso, Emi Buendia and Emi Martinez were all there fined for violating FIFA’s Covid protocols.
And Romero will definitely not be available for the Venezuela game.
However, Argentina is still awaiting an appeal to reduce the ban to just one game.
Should they succeed, Romero could face Ecuador on Wednesday.
However, there is a chance that it will be a futile journey.
And Antonio Conte certainly won’t be pleased, especially considering Romero missed two games following September’s debacle in Brazil.
The central defender also suffered a lengthy injury on international duty in November, meaning he was sidelined for almost three months.
Argentina have also already booked their place at the World Cup in Qatar, which makes Romero’s appointment even stranger.
The ace has certainly been in fine form at Spurs, having made 23 appearances in all competitions since joining on loan from Atalanta last summer.
And boss Conte has previously revealed that Tottenham have made Romero’s move permanent for around £42.5million, with the star set to sign a five-year deal this summer.
Conte said last month: “He’s on loan but we have a commitment to buy. We bought him.
“He’s perfect for this league. Certainly Romero can play here, it’s a perfect suit for him.”
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