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Edinson Cavani may be on a collision course with Manchester United after Uruguay indicated the veteran striker is playing in their upcoming World Cup qualifier.
Earlier this week, the Premier League confirmed that clubs had ‘reluctantly but unanimously’ decided not to release players for international matches which will be played in red list countries is due to continued concerns over the Covid 19 pandemic.
But shortly after the announcement on Tuesday, Cavani seemed puzzled by the decision. The 34-year-old posted a picture of the statement along with several question marks on his Instagram page.
Uruguay will play three World Cup qualifiers in the upcoming international break. They take on Peru in Lima on September 3 before two home games against Bolivia and Ecuador.
However, both Peru and Uruguay are on the British government’s red list. This means that a 10-day isolation period at a hotel would be required before players could return to their respective clubs.
If Cavani decides to travel to South America to represent Uruguay next week, it would mean he would be categorically excluded from Red devils’ Premier League matches against Newcastle and West Ham.
After a 10-day isolation period, the striker may also be unfit for United’s Carabao Cup draw against West Ham as well as the league match against Aston Villa on 25 September.
Cavani has yet to play for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men this season. He was given an extended holiday following Uruguay’s Copa America achievements this summer.
Uruguay sure on Cavani arrival
Speaking on Thursday, the president of the Uruguayan Football Federation, Ignacio Alonso, seemed confident that Cavani would be available for the national team next week.
“The clubs are obliged to release the players [for FIFA dates] and can not 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 talked [Oscar] Tabarez [Uruguay’s head coach] and tomorrow we put together the team list with all the players [from all leagues].
“Tea [plane] tickets have already been booked. I talked to Cavani and I believe the solution will come. ”
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