Brazil will give up calling nine of its players in the English league for qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup, due to the Premier League’s refusal to allow their travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
They are Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Richarlison (Everton), Ederson and Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Raphinha (Leeds United), Alisson, Fabinho and Firmino (Liverpool) and Fred (Manchester United).
Matheus Nunes (Sporting, Portugal) will not be present either, for not having completely completed his vaccination against Covid-19, according to Portuguese and Brazilian media.
Like the English league, the Spanish, Italian and Portuguese championships initially refused to release the South Americans for the qualifying matches at the Qatari World Cup.
But the Premier League is the one that has remained the firmest in its decision, to the detriment of other teams in the region such as Uruguay and Chile.
Brazil, who are first in qualifying with 18 points in six games, will face Chile, Argentina and Peru on September 2, 5 and 9 respectively.