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Brazil set to name a squad for three W/Cup qualifiers

Firmino off to injury


Brazil will announce a squad today for their next three World Cup qualifiers as football’s authorities try to strike a deal with Governments to avoid a repeat of last month’s shambles.

Premier League clubs discussed the matter at the shareholders’ meeting on Thursday and are, in general, open to letting the players travel to South America where all countries remain on the red list, as long as they are exempt from the 10-day quarantine on their return.

Talks are ongoing with FIFA and the Government in the hope of establishing safe football ‘bubbles’ for all players facing international duty in red-list nations and once they return to the UK.

Brazil boss Tite, who was without nine players not released by their six English clubs last month, intends to select a large squad including several players from the Premier League.

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Everton’s Richarlison are injury doubts, and new Tottenham right-back Emerson Royal is in contention for a recall.

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The Brazilian FA (CBF) have lodged a request with their Government and health authorities for any players travelling from the UK to be made exempt from the quarantine rules which forced this month’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina to be abandoned amid farcical scenes in Sao Paulo.

Brazil are in Colombia on October 7, in Venezuela three days later, and at home in Manaus against Uruguay on October 14, two days before Premier League fixtures resume.

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