FIFA invoke five-day ban ruling out eight Premier League stars for weekend's games
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Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City have given up any hope of their respective South American players returning from international duty, in time for the next Premier League matches. The government afforded special dispensation to Premier League clubs allowing double-jabbed players who must travel to red-list countries for international duty, to arrive back into England without quarantining.
However, CONMEBOL nations are set to contest three fixtures during the current break to try and get ahead in fixtures which are yet to have been contested.
The final round of fixtures take place on the Thursday evening and the Friday morning, meaning the players face a horribly fast turnaround.
As well as the obvious logistical difficulties, players may also be significantly jet-lagged and exhausted mentally, let alone the physical strain they would also be feeling going from a Thursday/Friday match to a Saturday/Sunday.
Unfortunately, it appears the Premier League clubs have accepted their fate, and will have to rely on their squad to fill the voids left by the South American stars.
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As well as Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City; Tottenham and Aston Villa are also set to be inconvenienced by the situation again.
United will be without the likes of Fred and Edison Cavani for their huge clash with Leicester City.
Liverpool and Manchester City will also both be without their respective Brazilian goalkeepers Alisson and Ederson, meaning they will likely have to turn to their substitute shot-stoppers for the upcoming weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will also have to contend with the absence of midfield enforcer Fabinho, who will also have to miss Liverpool’s tricky contest away to Watford.
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The Reds tried desperately to get their match at Vicarage Road moved to the Sunday, but their requests fell on deaf ears.
Manchester City will also be without Gabriel Jesus for their home match against Burnley.
The Brazilian will be a big miss considering his impressive start to the season from the right wing.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Tottenham will not be happy by their South American stars being held back by international duty.
In the previous international break in September, Tottenham’s Cristian Romero and Giovanni Lo Celso, and Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia were all caught up in a sensational match between Argentina and Brazil.
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The four Argentineans were all reprimanded by the Brazilian government during a World Cup qualifying match between Brazil and Argentina, which was halted and then cancelled.
Marshalls stormed straight to the four Argentine Premier League players, and ushered them off the pitch, before the match was abandoned to the astonishment of the players.
Spurs’ defender Davinson Sanchez will also be absent from next weekend’s Premier League fixtures as he is on duty for Colombia.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have arguably been hardest hit out of all of the Premier League clubs, as they will also be without new right-back Emerson Royal who was called up for Brazil.
He will join the international absentee break for the North Londoners which includes Sanchez, Romero, and Lo Celso.
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