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Tottenham have suffered another blow ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday as Son Heung-min has picked up an injury while on international duty. Nuno Espirito Santo is already preparing to play without a couple of key players due to coronavirus restrictions. 

Argentina pair Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso are expected to remain with the national team for their match with Bolivia, meaning that they will need to self-isolate upon returning to England.  

The duo were involved in an incredible incident during Argentina’s match with Brazil on Sunday evening.  

ANVISA personnel detained Romero and Lo Celso alongside Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia seven minutes into the game.

Brazil health regulations mean that anyone entering the country having been in the United Kingdom within two weeks of arrival must self-isolate for 14 days. 

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The quartet travelled back to Argentina with their team-mates and are expected to feature against Bolivia.  

That means Romero and Lo Celso will need to quarantine upon arrival back in the UK. Spurs boss Nuno has now been presented a further dilemma because Son has reportedly suffered an injury while playing for South Korea. 

Korean broadcaster Naver have reported that the Korean FA have confirmed Son’s absence for their upcoming fixture against Lebanon.  

Son has started the Premier League season well and would be a big miss for Spurs against Palace. 

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The 29-year-old scored the only goal as Nuno’s side stunned Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League campaign.  

Spurs went on to win their other two matches and sit at the summit of the top-flight.  

It is a remarkable start for Nuno who was appointed as head coach in June following a lengthy and chaotic search for Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor.  

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But the loss of Romero, Lo Celso and potentially Son is a problem against a Palace side finding their feet under former Arsenal midfield Patrick Vieira.  

The Telegraph have reported that Spurs will fine players who travelled to government red-list zones, which will include the Argentine duo.  

Nuno was already unhappy with the situation, implying that the club were receiving little guidance over when his players could emerge from quarantine.  

“It’s a problem that not affect us but affects all clubs and all the South American players playing in the Premier League,” Nuno said after his side defeated Watford on August 29.

“We have to obey the government law. We will try to do so but at the same time we don’t have any kind of help from FIFA, the government or the Premier League in support in this situation. 

“We know what it means for all of the players to play for their national teams. It’s something they’re very proud of, so what we are trying to do is anticipate the situations.  

“So expecting that not only for the next international break but also there will be a couple more, so we need to be clear.”
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