Friday, September 29, 2023

Ange Postecoglou admits Tottenham filled out wrong form for Cristian Romero substitution

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou has admitted Cristian Romero’s withdrawal against Brentford wasn’t a concussion substitution due to an error.

That is because Spurs incorrectly filled out the wrong form, which led to the north London outfit using one of their five allowed changes.

GettyRomero went to ground on early on against Brentford following a clash of heads[/caption]

GettyHe returned to action where he headed Spurs into an 11th minute lead[/caption]

GettyBut he appeared dazed as the visitors celebrated their opener[/caption]

Argentine defender Romero went down in the opening stages of the clash at the Gtech Community Stadium following a collision of heads with Bryan Mbuemo.

He continued on, breaking the deadlock in the 11th minute by getting on the end of James Maddison’s free-kick.

It turned out to be his last contribution in west London as he winced in pain and looked dazed during his celebrations.

Postecoglou wasted no time in bringing him off immediately after, fearing the 2022 World Cup winner had suffered a problem.

The ex-Celtic manager wanted it to go down as a concussion sub where it would keep his five permitted changes intact.

But the wrong paperwork was filled – much to Postecoglou’s dismay as his Spurs side walked away with a hard-earned point.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Postecoglou said of Romero: “He got a head knock and it was pretty clear.

“The medical team were monitoring him as he progressed from there and then he scored with his head.

GettyPostecoglou didn’t hesitate in bringing the Argentine defender off[/caption]

GettyBut he has fumed that Spurs filled out the wrong form to count it as a concussion sub[/caption]

“They were pretty sure we needed for his own benefit to get him off and obviously what we know about head injuries, for me it is not even an issue.

“We will always err on the side of caution. Cristian, the player is not the one you listen to in those situation because he doesn’t know what is going either, so I thought it was pretty clear what we had to do.

“[I’m] disappointed that we apparently filled out the wrong slip and it was not a concussion sub.

“In this day and age where what we know about head injuries, if we are going to worry about what form we fill out, I thought it was pretty clear what happened, but hopefully he’ll be okay.”

In positive news for Spurs, Romero himself later took to social media to confirm he hadn’t suffered a concussion, which should see him be available for next weekend’s match against Manchester United.

Taking to Instagram, he posted: “We tried until the end to win the game, but we couldn’t.

“We will continue working to improve. all together always. I’m fine, just one blow.”

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