The Premier League returns after the international break on Saturday. While that might be a cause for concern about who’s been hit while playing for their national team or has a late long-haul flight to the UK ahead of the game, this time around it also means checking which players are en route after their return to quarantine.
Changes to the UK government’s red list during international break have allayed concerns among some Premier League managers. After 47 countries including Argentina, Mexico and Senegal were removed from the list, a number of players have set out to bond with their national teams who are spending 10 days in isolation after returning to the UK may be available for their club pages this weekend.
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Tottenham Hotspur couple Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso and Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani are among those who are no longer expected to be quarantined in a hotel when on British Land ground.
But it looks like trips from the seven countries that are still on the Red List – Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela – will still have a huge impact on the Premier League team lists this weekend to have.
Colombian internationals Yerry Mina from Everton and Davison Sanchez from Spurs are affected. But since Brazil played a World Cup qualifier in Barranquilla on October 10, the Brazilian Premier League line-up will also be affected.
That means Ederson and Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, Allison Becker and Fabinho of Liverpool, Emerson Royal of Tottenham, Thiago Silva of Chelsea, Fred of Manchester United, Raphinha of Leeds United and Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa are all standing in line, to miss two or three of the upcoming clubs matches.
For the title rivals Liverpool and City, renouncing their regular goalkeepers in the next games is a challenge that both Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would probably have preferred to avoid.
All of this shows the impact Covid-19 continues to have on professional sports around the world.
Study the online cricket betting tips and you will see that Australia is currently the big favorite to win the Ashes streak this winter with odds around 1/4. A win in the English series is available at far more generous odds of around 9/2.
Yes, the Aussies are currently one place above England in the ICC’s testing rankings and have home advantage, but their odds are so low that they suggest that touring could be a deciding factor amid the ongoing pandemic. Certainly, a long trip to a foreign country, interrupted by quarantine periods and even longer periods in a bubble and away from friends and family, can undermine athletic performance. At least that seems to be the assessment of the bookmakers.
Footballers don’t have to go on such extensive tours very often. FIFA and national team managers hope that the situation will be much easier to deal with before the World Cup in Qatar at the end of next year.