The Brazilian FA’s decision to trigger a FIFA rule that allows them to ban their players from playing club football for five days will rule eight Premier League players out of matches this weekend.
Premier League club’s voted before the international break not to release players for international matches being played in countries on the UK’s travel red list.
This decision was made to prevent players from missing two league matches, the opening round of European games and, potentially, the League Cup third round due to isolation.
For example, this meant Mohamed Salah could only play one of Egypt’s two matches in African World Cup qualifying.
However, due to most of South America being on the UK’s red list, clubs with Brazilian players blocked their players from travelling at all.
This means that eight of the nine players that had to withdraw from the Brazil squad as a result will now be absent from this weekend’s Premier League action.
The one exception is Richarlison, after the Brazilian FA acknowledged Everton’s cooperation in allowing him to play at the Olympics earlier this summer.
Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho
Liverpool’s trio of Brazil stars will all be absent from their trip to Leeds United on Sunday, with Alisson likely to be replaced in goal by Caoimhin Kelleher.
Alisson has played all three matches so far this season as has Firmino, but the latter has started only once and was subbed off injured after 42 minutes against Chelsea last time out.
Fabinho made his first start of the season against Chelsea and played the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw.
Had Liverpool released the trio for Brazil’s matches this month, they would also have missed their Champions League opener against AC Milan and next weekend’s league match against Crystal Palace.
Leeds United winger Raphinha missed out on the chance to earn his maiden Brazil cap after the club refused to let him travel for their matches with Chile, Argentina and Peru.
He will, however, still now be unavailable for the visit of Liverpool to Elland Road this weekend after playing every minute of the season so far.
Had Raphinha travelled for Brazil’s matches, he would also miss next Friday’s match with Newcastle United and potentially the League Cup tie with Fulham on September 11.
This is due to the regulation 10 days of isolation for people entering the UK from red list nations.
Ederson and Gabriel Jesus
Premier League champions Manchester City will be without their first choice goalkeeper and striker for their trip to Leicester City on Saturday.
Ederson’s suspension combined with Zack Steffen’s absence due to Covid means that veteran keeper Scott Carson is set for his second City appearance.
Gabriel Jesus has scored once and provided three assists from his two league starts so far this season, but could have missed three further matches if City had released their Brazilian duo.
Instead, they are set to return for their home matches against RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Southampton in the Premier League next week.
Brazil captain Thiago Silva will miss Chelsea’s match at home to Aston Villa on Saturday evening as a result of the FIFA ruling.
He has so far made just one appearance for the Blues this season, coming off the bench at half-time in their draw with Liverpool following Reece James’s sending off.
Had Chelsea permitted Silva to play for Brazil during the international break he would have been in isolation when they face Zenit in the Champions League next week.
He would have also missed the London derby away to Tottenham Hotspur next weekend as well as potentially missing the League Cup tie with Villa on September 22.
Manchester United will be without midfielder Fred for the visit of Newcastle United to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Fred has started all three of their Premier League matches so far this season and scored in the opening day win over Leeds last month.
He would also have missed their Champions League opener in Switzerland against Young Boys and the league match against West Ham United if he had been able to join up with the national team.