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Miguel Almiron – In the balance whether he will play at Old Trafford

2 weeks ago
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Miguel Almiron is a doubt for the Manchester United match.

Newcastle United travel to Old Trafford in nine days time (3pm – Saturday 11 September) and today his participation has been questioned.

Paraguay have been in touch with FIFA to complain about Newcastle United not releasing Miguel Almiron for their World Cup qualifiers against Equador, Colombia and Venezuela.

This comes after the Premier League collectively agreed not to release players for games which would be played in red list countries and would mean they had to quarantine for ten days on arrival back in the UK.

Pretty much all the countries affected were / are in South America and both Chile and Mexico, as well as Paraguay, have now complained to FIFA.

FIFA had tried to get the UK government to make the international players exceptions to the quarantine requirement, pointing out how the Government did this for loads of dignitaries to attend the Euros semis and final earlier this year, which helped Wembley able to confirm they were hosting those matches. However, the UK Government not willing to make exceptions for these returning players from internationals in September.

If countries complain about the non-release of a player, FIFA can then ban that player from playing for their club in the next five days after an international window ends, which in the case of Miguel Almiron now puts that Man Utd game in doubt.

Despite the Premier League collectively agreeing not to release players for matches in South American red list countries, some clubs have allowed players to travel. With Aston Villa confirming that they allowed Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia to join up with the Argentina squad and Tottenham doing the same with Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero.

Miguel Almiron has had a tough start to the season with his attacking edge stifled as Steve Bruce has had him playing in a withdrawn position, which doesn’t appear to have worked for either the individual player or the team, as Newcastle have picked up only one point from three Premier League matches.

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