After his call-up was rescinded by the Uruguayan Football Association, Manchester United confirmed on Monday that Edinson Cavani will miss Uruguay’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
Last Monday, the Premier League announced that its clubs will not release players for international matches played in nations on the UK government’s travel blacklist.
Players who travel to red-list nations on international duty are not exempt from quarantine upon their return and must stay in a government-provided hotel for ten days.
“After his call-up for the Uruguay squad was withdrawn, Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani is poised to remain in England for the international break,” United announced in a statement.
Another issue for South American internationals is that the third round of qualifiers is scheduled for September 9, just hours before many of them are set to play for their clubs.
After FIFA extended the window for international games by two days, Spain’s La Liga lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the weekend, which would have allowed clubs to refuse to release their players.
CONMEBOL, the South American football federation, is attempting to make up for lost time after the coronavirus outbreak forced the postponement of World Cup qualifiers in March.
Despite Premier League teams taking a united stance last week, Aston Villa have allowed Argentine duo Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia to travel on the condition that they miss Argentina’s third qualifier against Bolivia.
On social media, Tottenham’s Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso were also seen traveling with Martinez and Buendia.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp announced on Friday that his afflicted players will not be traveling since the quarantine restrictions could cause them to miss many games.
As a result, Alisson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino of Brazil, as well as Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, will not be traveling.
“It’s not even close to being in a spa hotel; it’s just eating, waiting, and sleeping,” Klopp explained.
“As clubs, we can’t do it, not just because we have games at that time, but also because they lose 10 days of training if they don’t test positive for coronavirus.”
“You lose muscle if you don’t have any opportunities to move. If the lads have to play three, four, or five days after a ten-day quarantine, it’s a serious risk.”