Premier League

Argentina Players Set to Ignore Premier League Clubs' Orders to Not Travel for International Duty

Villa star Emi Martinez says he will travel to play for Argentina during the international break
Villa star Emi Martinez says he will travel to play for Argentina during the international break / David Rogers/Getty Images

Argentine players in the Premier League are set to defy the clubs' orders to not travel during the upcoming international break.

Clubs from the Premier League and LaLiga have confirmed they will not be releasing players who need to travel to countries where they would need to mandatorily quarantine upon return to England or Spain. The decision applies to nearly 60 players from 19 top-flight clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries, and Argentina and Brazil are set to be hit hard the most.

However, Aston Villa shot-stopper, Emiliano Martinez has claimed he will travel for duty with his national side despite his club's stance. New signing, Emi Buendia is expected to follow suit.

The Daily Mail claim that Tottenham duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero will also join up with the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela, Brazil, and Bolivia.

Argentina are on the "red list" of countries, and returning players will need to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days, ruling them out of at least two Premier League fixtures, with the Villa players expected to miss clashes against Chelsea and Everton, and a Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino urged the Premier League and LaLiga to release players, saying: "We have faced global problems together in the past and must continue to do so in the future. The release of players in the upcoming international windows is a matter of great urgency and importance.

"On the issue of quarantine restrictions in England, for players returning from red-list countries, I have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appealed for the necessary support, in particular, so players are not deprived of the opportunity of representing their countries in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup."