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Edinson Cavani set to miss host of Man Utd games if he's included in Uruguay squad

Jude Summerfield
Cavani played for Uruguay during the Copa America
Cavani played for Uruguay during the Copa America / Buda Mendes/Getty Images
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Uruguay are adamant they will include Edinson Cavani in their squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, meaning the striker could miss a bunch of Manchester United games.

The Premier League released a statement on Tuesday confirming clubs have unanimously agreed they will not release players for international matches that would be played in countries on the United Kingdom's coronavirus red list.

However, South American nations seem to be confident that they will be able to call upon players from England's top flight and Uruguay FA president Ignacio Alonso doesn't appear to be too worried.

He said: "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].

"It seems to me that FIFPRO must show its voice on this issue.

“Yesterday we spoke with Tabárez and tomorrow we’re going to draw up the list with all the players. The tickets are already issued. I spoke with Cavani and I believe that the solution will come.”

Cavani himself didn't appear to be too impressed with the Premier League's initial ruling, questioning the decision with a series of question marks on his Instagram story.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker is yet to play for United this season and would have to wait even longer if he were to jet off to play for Uruguay, due to the mandatory ten day hotel quarantine period upon his return.

That would rule him out of Premier League games against Newcastle and West Ham and a Champions League fixture. He would also likely have to miss the Carabao Cup tie against the Hammers, while any involvement against Aston Villa would depend on how fit he is after isolation.

Uruguay then have games in October, with one on the 12th against Brazil. Should he be included in their squad and have to isolate again afterwards, he would miss a game against Leicester and potentially another versus Liverpool.

The South American side then have games in November, January, February and March, meaning United will need to find a workaround if they are to have Cavani available for more fixtures this season.


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