Medical expert issues verdict on Cristian Romero 'injections' gamble after Tottenham update
Tottenham defender Cristian Romero will not be tempted to use injections to make it through the last game of the season against Norwich City on Sunday (22 May).
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Romero has missed Spurs’ last two matches, the 3-0 and 1-0 wins over Arsenal and Burnley respectively, with a hip issue.
Per the Evening Standard last Sunday (15 May), Antonio Conte revealed that the 24-year-old is eyeing a return against Norwich but that he “doesn’t know” if he will make it.
Barring a 15-goal swing, Spurs need just a point against the already-relegated Canaries to ensure Champions League qualification.
But Dinnery forecasts that Conte will persist with stand-in centre-back Davinson Sanchez rather than risk Romero back prematurely.
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“It is a hip pointer injury,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“This is all about pain management. Could he use injections? Without any disrespect to Norwich City, they should have enough in defence with Davinson Sanchez in defence.
“He isn’t of the level of Romero but he can do a job. A point gets them into fourth place. So, you’d imagine that Conte wouldn’t want to take any risks whatsoever.
“What message is he sending out the likes of Sanchez if he rushed Romero back? I think he won’t want to take that gamble.”
Romero has scored once in 30 appearances for Spurs this term.
The North London club will make his loan deal from Atalanta permanent in the summer per the terms of the agreement last August.