Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is ‘not happy’ following midfielder Giovani Lo Celso’s call up to the Argentina squad for the forthcoming international break.
Lo Celso has been included in the Argentina squad for November’s fixtures against Brazil and Uruguay, despite having only recently returned to first-team action after picking up a hip injury whilst on international duty in September.
The 23-year-old has endured a frustrating start to his Spurs career so far, making three substitute appearances in the opening weeks of the season before suffering the hip problem that would see him sidelined until last Tuesday’s Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade.
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Having seen the midfielder absent for the majority of the season so far following his move from Real Betis, Pochettino admits he is not pleased with the idea of seeing the recently returned Lo Celso fly out for international duty once again, though did understand the player’s desire to represent his country.
“Being honest I am not happy,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“But I accept as I always defend the national team and back the decision of the national team as I was a player and know what it feels to play for your flag. I can do nothing, only to show and describe my feelings.”