PREMIER LEAGUE clubs could be without their South American stars for the last game before the World Cup as Conmebol asked for an early release.
Conmebol, Uefa’s equivalent for South America, have made a formal request to Fifa to allow their players to join the squad from Wednesday November 9th.
That’s sooner than originally expected – players were due to leave after this weekend’s games – and could prompt European, African, North American and Asian federations to make similar requests.
TyC Sports Report Fifa must now negotiate with clubs to work out the date when players can fly to Qatar.
But South American countries are hoping it’s just four weeks away, giving international managers at least 11 days to prepare for the tournament.
Moises Caicedos Ecuador is involved in the opening game when they meet hosts Qatar in their opener on November 20.
They are joined by five-time winners Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
And an early release date could deal a serious blow to title chasers Arsenal and Erik ten Hags Manchester United – as both sides are brimming with South American talent.
Arsenal’s side include Brazilian stars Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Jesus – all of whom have ambitions to make up the expanded 26-man squad.
United, meanwhile, have fellow countrymen Fred, Casemiro and Antony, as well as Argentina’s Lisandro Martinez.
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The Gunners travel to Wolves on Saturday, November 12, while United travel to Fulham on Sunday.
Liverpool could also be hit hard if Alisson, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Darwin Nunez are unavailable against Southampton on November 12.
Other South American stars eyeing a World Cup spot in England’s top flight include Cristian Romero, Richarlison, Alexis Mac Allister, Ederson and Thiago Silva.
United’s 4.30pm kick-off at Craven Cottage is the last Premier League game before the six-week World Cup break.
The games return on Boxing Day with the traditional bumper day of games.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6428210/arsenal-man-utd-losing-premier-league-fifa/ Arsenal and Man Utd face losing South American stars for Premier League clash as Conmebol appeals to Fifa for early release