Messi one of over 70 South American stars missing from Europe’s top five leagues after World Cup duty

With home soccer returning this weekend following the October worldwide break and with a spherical of Champions League fixtures on the horizon, groups all throughout Europe are getting ready to return to motion for the primary time in two weeks.

Nonetheless, with 5 CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers to be performed on Thursday, a raft of Europe-based South American gamers will likely be late returning to their golf equipment and are subsequently unlikely to have the ability to characteristic within the league video games.

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The CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers have come thick and quick this month, with three video games performed over the 14-day worldwide break — on Oct 7, Oct 10 and Oct.14. Whereas not a direct results of COVID-19 and quarantine restrictions, the fixture pile-up has occurred because of the back-log brought on by all the varied delays and postponements brought on by the pandemic over the previous 18 months in addition to the staging of the Copa America earlier this 12 months.

As a result of UK’s elite athlete exemption rule, double-vaccinated Premier League footballers now not must isolate for 10 days following their return from worldwide obligation. As an alternative they’re allowed to quarantine in specialised amenities and go away as soon as a day to both practice or play whereas present process common testing on a regular basis. That mentioned, the exemption does not actually have any impact on this occasion. The true concern is one among time, with many CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying video games as a result of happen lower than 40 hours earlier than the Premier League returns on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have efficiently utilized to LaLiga to have their fixtures (towards Athletic Bilbao and Granada respectively) rescheduled as a result of each golf equipment nonetheless having so many gamers abroad and Champions League matches approaching Tuesday. This follows Barcelona and Sevilla having matches moved final month on the identical grounds.

It is even been reported that a group of Premier League clubs have joined forces to hire private jets as a way to expedite the return of their South American contingent.

This is a complete verify on which groups throughout Europe’s high 5 leagues will likely be effected by the late CONMEBOL arrivals this weekend, and to what extent (all kick-off instances are listed in BST).

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CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifying fixtures, Thursday Oct. 14

Bolivia vs. Paraguay, 9 p.m.
Colombia vs. Ecuador, 10 p.m.
Argentina vs. Peru, 12.30 a.m.
Chile vs. Venezuela, 1 a.m.
Brazil vs. Uruguay, 1.30 a.m.



Liverpool (vs. Watford, kick-off 12.30 p.m.
Alisson (Brazil), Fabinho (Brazil)

Manchester City (vs. Burnley), 3 p.m.
Ederson (Brazil), Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)

Manchester United (vs. Leicester City), 3.00 p.m.
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Fred (Brazil)

Aston Villa (vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers), 3.00 p.m.
Emiliano Martinez (Argentina), Douglas Luiz (Brazil)

Leeds United (vs. Southampton), 3.00 p.m.
Raphinha (Brazil)

Chelsea (vs. Brentford), 5.30 p.m.
Thiago Silva (Brazil)


Everton (vs. West Ham United), 2.00 p.m.
Yerry Mina (Colombia)

Tottenham Hotspur (vs. Newcastle), 4.30 p.m.
Cristian Romero (Argentina), Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina), Emerson (Brazil), Davinson Sanchez (Colombia)

Newcastle United (vs. Tottenham), 4.30 p.m.
Miguel Almiron (Paraguay)



Elche (vs. Rayo Vallecano), 1.00 p.m.
Enzo Roco (Chile)

Sevilla (vs. Celta Vigo), 3.15 p.m.
Gonzalo Montiel (Argentina), Marcos Acuna (Argentina), Alejandro Gomez (Argentina)

Atletico Madrid (vs. Granada), postponed
Rodrigo De Paul (Argentina), Angel Correa (Argentina), Luis Suarez (Uruguay)

Granada (vs. Atletico Madrid), postponed
Luis Abram (Peru) Darwin Machis (Venezuela)

Actual Madrid (vs. Athletic Bilbao), postponed
Eder Militao (Brazil), Vinicius Junior (Brazil), Federico Valverde (Uruguay)

Villarreal (vs. Osasuna), 5.30 p.m.
Juan Foyth (Argentina)


Real Betis (vs. Alaves), 6.00 p.m.
German Pezzella (Argentina), Guido Rodriguez (Argentina), Claudio Bravo (Chile)

Cadiz (vs. Espanyol), 8.00 p.m.
Santiago Arzamendia (Paraguay), Tomas Alarcon (Chile)



Inter Milan (vs. Lazio), 5.00 p.m.
Joaquín Correa (Argentina), Lautaro Martínez (Argentina), Arturo Vidal (Chile), Alexis Sanchez (Chile), Matias Vecino (Uruguay)


Cagliari (vs. Sampdoria), 11.30 p.m.
Diego Godin (Uruguay), Martin Caceres (Uruguay), Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay), Gaston Pereiro (Uruguay)

Atalanta (vs. Empoli), 2.00 p.m.
Juan Musso (Argentina)

Genoa (vs. Sassuolo), 2.00 p.m.
Pablo Galdames (Chile)

Udinese (vs. Bologna) 2.00 p.m.
Nahuel Molina (Argentina)

Bologna (vs. Udinese), 2.00 p.m.
Nicolas Domínguez (Argentina) Gary Medel (Chile)

Torino (vs. Napoli), 5.00 p.m.
Antonio Sanabria (Paraguay), Tomas Rincon (Venezuela)

Juventus (vs. Roma), 5.00 p.m.
Danilo (Brazil), Alex Sandro (Brazil), Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay)

Roma (vs. Juventus), 5.00 p.m.
Matias Vina (Uruguay)


Fiorentina (vs. Venezia), 7.45 p.m.
Lucas Martinez Quarta (Argentina), Nicolas Gonzalez (Argentina), Erick Pulgar (Chile), Lucas Torreira (Uruguay)



Paris Saint-Germain (vs. Angers), 8.00 p.m.
Leandro Paredes (Argentina), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Marquinhos (Brazil), Neymar (Brazil)


Lyon (vs. Monaco), 8.00 p.m.
Lucas Paqueta (Brazil)

Monaco (vs. Lyon), 8.00 p.m.
Guillermo Maripan (Chile)


Saint-Etienne (vs. Strasbourg), 2.00 p.m.
Miguel Trauco (Peru)

Lens (vs. Montpellier), 4.00 p.m.
Facundo Medina (Argentina), Wuilker Farinez (Venezuela)

Marseille (vs. Lorient), 19.45 p.m.
Gerson (Brazil)



Bayer Leverkusen (vs. Bayern Munich), 2.30 p.m.
Exequiel Palacios (Argentina), Lucas Alario (Argentina) | Messi one among over 70 South American stars lacking from Europe’s high 5 leagues after World Cup obligation


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