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INTERNATIONAL BREAK: Should players travel with their national team?

 

The upcoming international break has got people questioning whether players should be allowed to travel abroad with their national team.

Currently, coronavirus restrictions across the globe are at different stages and some players may need to quarantine on return.

Some countries won't allow players in without a period of isolation before they are allowed to play games.

Managers in the Premier League have said they won't allow their players to travel if there is a risk they'll be unavailable for games after the break.

 

The last international break

 

When players returned after the last trip with their national team, there was a spike in Covid-19 infections across the Premier League.

It might be a coincidence, but several games were postponed with Manchester City and Newcastle United two of the teams most impacted.

Liverpool saw Thiago, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane all contract the virus while travelling on international duty this season.

It may not be a wise choice to allow players to travel abroad and potentially spread the virus again on their return.

However, with the upcoming games being qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup, it's highly unlikely they will be postponed - especially at this late stage.

South American games have been postponed for the upcoming break though. CONMEBOL acknowledged many of the European-based players will be unable to travel.

This is due to the lockdown measures across Europe and the quarantine requirements for returning to the continent.

Though if managers tell players they cannot travel, it will be interesting to see if any punishments are handed out.


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