The Premier League is set to be missing eight players who were meant to be playing for Brazil during the international break, but were stopped due to Covid regulations.
Brazil have certainly had a dramatic international week, even before they play their third game on Thursday night, with their match with Argentina stopped after just seven minutes.
That was due to four players from the Premier League not quarantining for 14 days before entering the country, but police didn’t stop them until the game had kicked off.
Even before that, Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers had been interrupted due to the fact that English clubs had banned their players from travelling to meet up with the squad, due to Covid regulations that would have meant them quarantining on arrival back.
The Selecao have now asked FIFA to impose a five day ban on eight of the players who were mean to be with them this week, meaning Alisson, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Thiago Silva, Fred and Raphina will all miss this weekend’s games.
However Everton will not be without Richarlison, after the striker’s name was not included on the list that the Brazilian FA handed over to the world governing body.
That’s likely to be due to the fact the Toffees allowed the forward to meet up with his fellow countryman for the summer’s Olympics, with the team winning gold.
The 24-year-old also played in the summer’s Copa America, where they finished runners up to Argentina, with Lionel Messi winning his first international silverware,
United and Chelsea are set to be hit with a double whammy though, with the ban running for five days from the end of the international window, and finishing at midnight Wednesday morning.
That means that Silva and Fred will miss their team’s opening Champions League group stage games, against Zenit and Young Boys respectively.
Bafflingly the Argentina players were meant to quarantine from England for 14 days before entering Brazil but Brazil were happy to call up their own England based players.
Those four players who were involved for Lionel Scaloni’s side will have to quarantine for 10 days before returning to action, and Spurs’ players Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero potentially face a fine from their club.
It’s not only the Brazil players who will be banned this weekend though, as Wolves striker Raul Jimenez and Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron didn’t play for Mexico and Paraguay respectively.
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