Brazil decline request to release internationals early

Brazil have followed Argentina in confirming that their Premier League stars will not be released early from international duty, meaning no fewer than nine players appear set to miss the next round of domestic fixtures.

Like Argentina, Brazil have a World Cup qualifier in the early hours of 15 October, a little over 24 hours before the next Premier League matchday gets underway.

Tottenham were knocked back in their request to have Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso released from Argentina duty early, and they are one of seven clubs who will be impacted by the Brazil ruling too.

"There was never that possibility [of them returning to England early]," Brazil boss Tite said (via the Daily Mail). "They were called up for the three games."

For Spurs, that means right-back Emerson Royal is likely to miss the trip to Newcastle, and he could be joined on the sidelines by Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez for similar reasons.

Other clubs to face the prospect of losing one player are Chelsea (Thiago Silva), Aston Villa (Douglas Luiz), Manchester United (Fred) and Leeds United (Raphinha).

Both Liverpool and Manchester City have two key players in the Brazil squad. Jurgen Klopp, who wanted his side's meeting with Watford pushed back, is set to be without goalkeeper Alisson and midfielder Fabinho, while City could miss stopper Ederson and forward Gabriel Jesus.

The ruling comes as an enormous blow to the Premier League sides, who have negotiated special quarantine rules for their players to ensure they do not have to spend ten days in isolation upon their return, as was the case in the previous international window.

Players no longer have to quarantine and are free to train and play matches with their squads as they have agreed to remain in special bubbles during the international break and will return to England on a club-funded private jet.

However, they now seem set to miss out anyway and will have to wait until the round beginning 22 October for their return to Premier League action.

Source : 90min