THE curse of the international break has struck once again.
Tottenham centre-back Christian Romero is the latest casualty after picking up a hamstring injury while on Argentina duty.
It's a blow for Antonio Conte and Spurs, with the 23-year-old impressing at the back since his £47million move from Atalanta.
The defender pulled up just after half time in the 0-0 draw against Brazil while in a foot race with Matheus Cunha.
After being tended to by medics he tried to play on but had to be replaced just moments later when it became clear he couldn't continue.
According to football transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Spurs man will undergo scans today to discover the extent of the problem.
If it is a muscular injury then he is likely to miss Sunday's clash against Leeds.
And Spurs will be keeping their fingers crossed that scans show the injury not to be a serious one ahead of a hectic festive schedule.
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Conte's side are in action TEN times in just the next five weeks.
Not only does the injury come at a disastrous time, but Romero was just starting to find his best form since his summer move.
The defender has started Tottenham's last five Premier League games in a row and is arguably the first defender on Conte's team-sheet.
If he is forced to miss Sunday's game against Marcelo Bielsa's side Davinson Sanchez is likely to deputise.
The only saving grace for Conte and Co is that Spurs do not face a 'Big Six' side until the home clash against Liverpool on December 19.
After the Leeds games the North Londoners travel to Slovenia to take on minnows NS Mura in the Europa Conference League.
And winnable clashes against Burnley, Brentford and Norwich round off their next five fixtures.
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