Edinson Cavani remains with Manchester United during the international break and Uruguay reveals they have canceled his call-up for next month’s World Cup qualifiers… meaning he will avoid quarantine
- Players were advised by Premier League not to travel to ‘red list countries’
- Edinson Cavani would be quarantined after returning to the UK next month
- But he now stays with Manchester United and his call to Uruguay has been cancelled
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had urged Cavani and Fred to prioritize the club instead
Edinson Cavani saw his international call-up for Uruguay cancelled, meaning he will stay with Manchester United next month and avoid the need to go into quarantine.
Last week it was announced that all 20 Premier League clubs agreed that they would not release any players if they played matches in countries on the UK’s ‘red list’.
Those who decided to go would have undergone 10 days of mandatory quarantine on their arrival in the UK and would also have missed matches.
Edinson Cavani stays with Manchester United after Uruguay cancels international call-up
Cavani was named in Uruguay’s squad and would be banned from two Premier League games, a Carabao Cup tie and United’s Champions League opener.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned the veteran striker and his team-mate Fred that they would have missed more than a few games had they gone to South America.
But the Uruguay climb, made official today, has now eased tensions in the simmering club versus country feud at Old Trafford.
Cavani was supposed to join his country next month but would be forced to go into quarantine
“According to the situation that has arisen for players from England, the Uruguayan Football Association has decided to cancel the call for Edinson Cavani,” a statement from Uruguay said this morning.
Most of South America is on the British government’s ‘red list’ and no exceptions to the travel restrictions have been granted to footballers.
Premier League chiefs initially lobbied the government for the exemptions and met with the Ministry of Media, Culture and Sport to defend their case.
sports mailI revealed, however, that the waivers would not be granted, sparking the dispute over whether players would be free to go on international service.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned star Cavani his condition would be affected by the isolation
Cavani took to social media to expose his frustration with the top flyer’s stance on ‘red list’ countries, posting a screenshot of the statement with several question marks.
Uruguay has three World Cup qualifiers scheduled for early September against Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador – and Cavani is expected to play an integral part.
Before it was made clear that United’s number 7 would not travel, boss Solskjaer claimed he and Fred would have struggled to stay fit after falling back.
“The fact is that if you have to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel with no chance to train, no chance to keep fit, you need another 10-14 days to get fit again and then you have to” I have to fly again,’ he said.
Solskjaer urged Fred (left) and Cavani (right) not to leave and instead prioritize United
“It’s an impossible situation for the clubs, it’s an impossible situation for the players.
“We understand that there are rules and broader issues here, so we have to follow the rules and move on.
“I don’t want to be the nag, but if there was a choice for me, play for Norway or play for Man United, then I know who my employer is.
‘Yes, it’s my country, but the rules are as they are now. Anyway, I’m not a player anymore.’
Cavani expressed his dismay at the Premier League’s decision not to release players
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero will join Argentina and defy Premier League advice.
Nuno Espirito Santo claimed the lack of support from the government, FIFA and the top leaves Spurs powerless to prevent them from going.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and midfielder Emi Buendia have both also traveled to play for Argentina, albeit with the club’s permission.