Miguel Almiron set for club v country clash – Quarantine and missing key matches?
Miguel Almiron is back in top form.
At long last Steve Bruce allowing the (now) 27 year old (birthday on 10 February) to at last play further up the pitch, rather than the incredibly ridiculous tactics of playing one of your best attacking players purely as an extra defender.
These recent matches have seen Miguel Almiron emerge as the club’s best player in 2021 and in the last four Premier League matches, Miggy has scored three goals.
However, there may be unexpected problems ahead, with a club v country quandary.
Deep in a relegation battle, Newcastle United have a tough programme in their next six games, facing Chelsea (away), Man Utd (away), Wolves (home), West Brom (away), Villa (home) and Brighton (away).
There then follows an international break, which is where the problems could start.
Miguel Almiron is scheduled to link up with Paraguay in March, with World Cup qualifiers away to Chile (24 March 2021) and then home to Colombia (29 March 2021).
The UK Government has both countries on their virus red list, which then requires any traveller to have a ten night quarantine.
There is no exemption on this quarantine rule for elite football players, or indeed any other sport.
There is an FIFA exemption rule that would allow any club to prevent their player answering a national team call-up if this would involves travel to a red list country, followed by quarantine.
However, in the real world, it is surely the case that any decision would have to be made in consultation with the player.
If Miguel Almiron definitely wanted to go and play for his country, what state of mind would he then be in if Newcastle United stopped it from happening.
These are World Cup qualifiers and it could be the only chance Miguel Almiron has of qualifying for a World Cup finals with his country, by the time the 2026 finals come around, Miggy will be aged 32.
If Miguel Almiron does go away in this international break next month and the quarantine situation remains the same, he would then miss the Burnley away and Tottenham home matches in early April, with then only seven more PL games remaining.
Watch this space.
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