Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has had his call-up to the Uruguay national team cancelled and the striker is set to remain in the UK for the international break.
Cavani was called up for the World Cup qualifiers against Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, but Premier League clubs have agreed to not release players for World Cup qualifiers and friendlies in red-list countries.
The striker would have still missed United fixtures due to the extension of the international window by two days in South America, and he would have had to quarantine for ten days upon his return to the UK.
Edinson Cavani Uruguay Call-Up Cancelled
Players Not Being Released for Fixtures
In a statement, the Uruguayan Football Association said that it had “decided to cancel the call for footballer Edinson Cavani.”
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La Liga have requested that two of their matches on 11 September, Villarreal v Alaves and Sevilla v Barcelona, are postponed due to the situation for players returning to South America.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero are set to return to Argentina – another red list country – for their matches against Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia. They will miss three Spurs games as all four of those countries require a ten-day isolation period in a government hotel upon return to the UK.
Aston Villa pair Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia, also of Argentina, will travel to South America for the Venezuela and Brazil matches, but will not play in the third against Bolivia, meaning they will only miss the match against Chelsea upon returning.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino last week wrote to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking for “necessary support, in particular, so players are not deprived of the opportunity of representing their countries in qualifying matches for the Fifa World Cup.”