Football News

Spurs midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso plays down injury fears after Argentina friendly

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:51, 6 September 2019

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso has reassured fans over an injury he picked up while on international duty with Argentina.

The 23-year-old had to be taken off after 53 minutes of Argentina’s goalless draw with Chile in a friendly, with Spurs fans immediately worrying for their deadline day acquisition.

How bad is Lo Celso’s injury? Five things to know…

  • Giovani Lo Celso signed for Tottenham on a season-long loan in August.
  • The midfielder is yet to start for Spurs, earning his three appearances from the bench.
  • Lo Celso worried fans after being taken off with a groin injury while on away with Argentina.
  • But the 23-year-old alleviated some fears, insisting it is nothing to be worried about.
  • Spurs have already seen summer signings Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon suffer from injury problems.

Fears were elevated when the official Twitter account of the Argentinan national team revealed Lo Celso had damaged the left side of his groin.

However, Lo Celso has since come out to confirm the extent of his injury, insisting fans do not have anything to worry about.

“We deserved a bit more,” he told reporters after the goalless draw.

“We had a lot of chances to convert but it wasn’t to be. My problem was only a blow, it is not something to worry about.”

Tottenham fans have already had to suffer with injury problems in the opening month of the new season. The club are currently unable to call upon summer signing Ryan Sessegnon, who is yet to feature for his new team due to a hamstring injury, while midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has missed the past two games with a thigh injury.

There have also been absences for Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Pieters, though all four players are expected to return after the international break.

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Lo Celso’s start for Spurs

Having been linked with a move for most of the summer, Lo Celso finally joined Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the Premier League transfer window.

A season-long loan from Real Betis, Spurs do have the option to buy the player come next summer, though no decisions will have been made just yet.

The Argentine playmaker is yet to start for Spurs, still growing accustomed to Mauricio Pochettino’s style and English football, with his three Premier League appearances so far all coming off the bench.

But in his short space of time, Lo Celso has started to show promising signs, completing 42.95 passes per 90 minutes while also creating 4.09 chances per 90.