Edinson Cavani could be on a collision course with Manchester United after Uruguay indicated that the striker will play in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers despite Premier League clubs voting to restrict players from travelling to red list countries during the international break.
Earlier this week, the Premier League confirmed that clubs had ‘reluctantly but unanimously’ decided to not release players for international matches which will be played in red-list countries.
Shortly after the announcement on Tuesday, Cavani appeared to be puzzled by the decision as he posted a picture of the statement along with several question marks on his Instagram story timeline.
Uruguay are due to play three World Cup qualifiers in the upcoming international break as they face Peru in Lima on September 3 before two home games against Bolivia on September 5 and Ecuador on September 9.
However, both Peru and Uruguay are on the UK government’s red list, which means a 10-day isolation period at a hotel would be required before players could return to play for their clubs.
Should Cavani travel to South America to represent Uruguay next week, it would mean that he would categorically be ruled out of United’s Premier League fixtures against Newcastle United and West Ham.
Following a 10-day isolation period in a hotel, the 34-year-old could also be short of match fitness for United’s Carabao Cup tie against West Ham, as well as the Premier League fixture against Aston Villa on September 25.
Cavani is yet to feature for United this season after being granted an extended holiday following Uruguay’s Copa America campaign this summer.
Speaking on Thursday, the president of the Uruguayan Football Association, Ignacio Alonso, appeared to be confident that Cavani would be available for the national next team next week.
‘The clubs are obliged to release the players [for FIFA dates] and cannot impose any sanction on the players [if they join their national teams],’ said Alonso.
‘It seems to me that FIFPRO must show its voice on this issue.
‘Yesterday we spoke with [Oscar] Tabarez [Uruguay’s head coach] and tomorrow we will compose the squad list with all the players [from all leagues].
‘The [plane] tickets are already booked. I spoke with Cavani and I believe that the solution will come.’
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