The Manchester Evening News reports that the chances of Brazilian players missing out on featuring for their Premier League clubs over the FIFA ban this weekend are low.
Stuart Brennan reports that although Ederson and Gabriel Jesus are currently set to miss out on playing for Man City this weekend, the chances of them “being out of the squad for Saturday’s trip to Leicester are low.”
He reports: “The reality is likely to be that the parties involved come to a sensible solution, with the Premier League in negotiations with the Brazilian federation on behalf of their member clubs.”
Football federations rely on goodwill from football clubs when requesting players be released for internationals but due to UK regulations, Alisson, Fabinho and their Brazilian Premier League colleagues would have had to quarantine for 10 days on their return to England and so would have missed the Leeds game, the AC Milan clash as well as the Norwich City tie in the EFL Cup.
For this reason, Premier League clubs banded together to reject the call to release their Brazilian internationals but now with a five-day ban implemented, managers, players and fans are hoping that a sensible solution can be reached before the weekend’s fixtures begin.
Alisson and Fabinho are two of the most important players for the Reds and this is one of the worst games that Jurgen Klopp could be without Fabinho as Leeds are fantastic in transition.
The good news is that if Liverpool are to be without Fabinho and Alisson, Leeds will also be without Raphinha and he is without a doubt their most dangerous and unpredictable player.
That said, Patrick Bamford is a fantastic player and after scoring 17 Premier League goals last season, finishing fourth in the division for goals scored behind Bruno Fernandes, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane, it’s obvious that he is a player to be wary of.