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Paul Robinson suggests Lo Celso won't return for Tottenham until Christmas

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal in action with Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 1,...

Giovani Lo Celso will have to wait for his first Tottenham Hotspur start as he is set to spend some time on the sidelines.

Giovani Lo Celso #20 of Argentina, Felipe Campos #4 and Claudio Baeza #23 of Chile battle for the ball in the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 5, 2019 in Los Angeles,...

Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson has suggested that Tottenham won't see their summer signing Giovani Lo Celso again until Christmas, and the injury for the player doesn't help in his settling in period at the club. 

By contrast, BBC Sport report that Lo Celso is set to be on the sidelines until the end of October after he sustained a hip injury whilst on international duty with Argentina.

Lo Celso is yet to make a start for Tottenham, with Mauricio Pochettino using the attack-minded player from the bench thus far.

 

Speaking to Football Centre on Sky Sports News (11/09/2019 at 11:40 am), Robinson thinks that life has become doubly difficult for Lo Celso now he is injured. 

“He was just starting to come into it,” Robinson told Sky Sports News. “It's very unfortunate. When you sign a player of Lo Celso's quality, you are going to want him involved in the team, as quickly as possible.

“I watched him a couple of times at Betis and I thought it was a very good and astute signing by Daniel Levy – but as a new players trying to come into a new country and trying to settle, he's made three substitute appearances, obviously looking to break into that starting XI, with a chance of doing so with the way Tottenham are playing, it's now a real setback. I don't think we'll see him again now until Christmas.”

Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on August 30, 2019 in Enfield, England.

It could be argued that by the time Lo Celso returns to action, as expected, he will need time to get back to fitness and then settle back into the squad. Therefore, Spurs might not see the best of him until the Christmas period hits. 

But saying that, it's not an ideal start for Lo Celso, who would have wanted to use these first few months to settle in and get used to the pace of the Premier League.

But instead he has had a setback and he will be hoping to come back sooner rather than later because a lot is expected of the creative-minded midfielder.

Lo Celso, who earns £70k-a-week at the North London club [Spotract], could potentially be a replacement for Christian Eriksen if the Dane doesn't extend his soon-to-be expiring contract.

Ben Davies and Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on August 27, 2019 in Enfield, England.

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