Premier League clubs are threatening to keep hold of their South American players ahead of the next international break if they are at risk of missing domestic matches, according to the Daily Mail.
The news comes after a war between clubs and national teams was sparked earlier this month, with a host of England’s top sides unwilling to let their players depart for a group of World Cup qualifiers.
The Daily Mail claim sides in the top tier will release their players for the next load of qualifiers, but only if their respective nations allow them to return to England before the final round of fixtures.
The third and final set of international fixtures are set to take place on October 15, just one day before Premier League action resumes on that weekend.
It has been further reported that the league’s officials and the government are in talks over a quarantine exemption for players travelling to red-list countries, which includes the likes of Argentina and Brazil.
Tottenham’s Argentinian duo of Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso were at the centre of attention during their tie against Brazil last month, when health officials stormed the pitch in Sao Paulo to detain them for not following the country’s strict quarantine guidelines.
The pair later spent 10 days in Croatia and were joined by Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez, who held a training and conditioning camp to avoid directly quarantining on their return to the UK.
The trio ultimately missed a handful of fixtures for the club, which has prompted action to avoid such an incident occurring again.
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The fiasco earlier this month was a headache that plenty of Premier League sides sought to avoid, but were ultimately caught up in.
The clubs are likely not keen to go through those sorts of issues again and, hopefully, a compromise can be reached between the relevant bodies involved.
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