Solskjaer urges Fred and Cavani not to go on international break

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns Man United duo Edinson Cavani and Fred they will face time on the bench if they go on international duty next week and have to quarantine in a hotel as he urges them to put their club AHEAD of their countries

  • The Premier League will not let players play in ‘red list’ countries next month
  • Sixty players are set to play international games in those countries in September
  • Edinson Cavani revealed his disbelief at the Premier League’s ruling on this
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Cavani and team-mate Fred not to travel
  • Both players would have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days on their UK return 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Edinson Cavani and Fred they may miss more than just a handful of games if they head off to South America for their international break.

Last week, the Premier League announced in a statement alongside all 20 Premier League clubs that they would not release players for international duty next month if they are due to play matches in countries on the UK’s ‘red list’. 

Players who do head off for September international duty in ‘red list’ countries will have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days after their arrival, meaning Fred or Cavani would potentially miss two Premier League games, a Carabao Cup third round and their Champions League opener with Young Boys. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Fred (L) and Edinson Cavani (R) not to go on international duty

Solskjaer says the Man United pair going to South America would severely impact their fitness

The majority of South American countries are included in the UK Government’s ‘red list’ and exemptions are not made for professional footballers. 

Uruguayan star Cavani posted his dismay of the Premier League’s statement on social media and Solskjaer claims him and Brazilian international Fred would struggle for fitness on their return and says the pair should be prioritising their club over their country.

‘I don’t want to be the manager who always moans,’ Solskjaer told a pre-match conference for Sunday’s visit to Wolves. ‘But it’s a fact that if you have to have 10 days in a hotel quarantining with no chance to train, no chance to keep your fitness up then you’ll need another 10-14 days to get back up to fitness again and then you’ve got to fly again.

The Premier League said it will not release players heading to internationals in ‘red list’ areas

‘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, that’s why we have to follow the rules and get on with it.

‘I don’t want to be the moaning one but if there was a choice for me, playing for Norway or playing for Man United, I know who my employer is.

‘Yes, it’s my country but the rules are as they are at the moment. Anyway, I’m not a player any more.’

After the Premier League’s announcement was made at the beginning of this week, Cavani took a screenshot of the statement and captioned it with several question marks before posting it on Instagram.

Uruguay’s Cavani (L) has expressed his bemusement (R) at the Premier League’s decision

Uruguay have three vital World Cup qualifiers at the beginning of September against Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador – with Cavani’s national team marginally holding the final qualification spot in their South America group, ahead of Colombia on goal difference.

Victories in those three games are like to secure Uruguay’s spot in the Qatar tournament at the end of next year, with Cavani acting as one of his country’s talismen with 53 goals in 123 internationals. 

Solskjaer’s warning comes as the Premier League’s Argentinian players are set to ignore the Premier League and their teams’ calls to not travel to South America next month.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa could lose Emiliano Martinez and Emi Buendia if they go to Argentina

Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez confirmed on Saturday he was travelling to play despite the Premier League’s refusal to release players and manager Dean Smith urging him to stay.

Sources close to the Argentinian FA told The Mail on Sunday they are confident Tottenham duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero will also join up with the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia, while Villa midfielder Emiliano Buendia is also set to travel after his call-up. 

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