Tottenham are waiting on Davinson Sanchez to see if he will be available for this weekend’s clash with Newcastle United.
The defender has been with Colombia during the international break, meaning he won’t have trained ahead of the fixture with the Magpies.
According to Colombia’s edition of Marca, Tottenham tried to get Sanchez ‘released early’ by the national team so that he could join the team and have more training sessions before Sunday’s game.
That was rejected, though, and so the centre-back will travel to England after Thursday’s qualifier against Ecuador.
That’s left Nuno Espirito Santo waiting on a decision regarding the defender and whether he will be in the right physical condition to start.
Nuno has shown confidence in Sanchez so far despite having doubts about him early on and would want him to start against Newcastle.
It’ll depend on his fitness after the international break, however. While Sanchez has not played for Colombia in their last two games against Uruguay and Brazil, he has been training with the national team.
That means he is physically fit and not ‘exhausted’ from competition, news that ‘pleases’ Tottenham and their plans to use him at the weekend.
Interestingly there is no mention of Coronavirus rules this time around, which have been loosened since the farce of the last international break.
Colombia is on the red list for the UK, so Sanchez will have to spend ten days in isolation on his return, regardless of his vaccination status, but will be allowed to leave once a day to train or play.
That makes him available for Tottenham’s clash with Newcastle, with fitness the main concern for Nuno and his team this time around.