The most recent international window has severely impacted player availability ahead of the Premier League’s resumption this weekend.
This hasn’t just been because of injuries picked up in the heat of World Cup qualifiers, however. Positive COVID-19 tests, international health restrictions, and even a coup have meant that 25 players are doubtful to feature at the weekend.
In addition, eight Premier League teams are still waiting to learn whether some players from certain South American countries, who have complained to the governing body, will be suspended for a five-day period. This comes after their clubs refused to release them for the international window.
From Brazil, these players are Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino, Manchester City’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, Manchester United’s Fred, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, and Leeds’ Raphinha. Wolves could be without Mexico’s Raul Jiminez, Newcastle without Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron, and Watford without Chile’s Francisco Sierralta.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce did say that Almiron was “available” at his press conference on Friday morning, however the Premier League is yet to confirm that is the case.
Of the remaining players, here is why they returned to their Premier League clubs with question marks hanging over their heads after a particularly gruelling international window.
Mohamed Elneny, Egypt — Suffered a muscle injury ahead of Egypt’s second qualifier against Gabon.
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