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Boost for Premier League sides as Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay taken off UK’s red list

Boost for Premier League sides as Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay stars – including Edinson Cavani – returning home from internationals in the next 48 hours will not have to quarantine

  • Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay have been removed from the UK’s red list
  • South American players from those countries will no longer have to quarantine  
  • Players from Colombia and Brazil will have to quarantine after the internationals  


A number of Premier League clubs have been boosted, with their South American players no longer having to quarantine when they return to England over the next two days following changes to the UK red list.

Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez, Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani and Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron will not have to undergo the 10 days in isolation.

Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay are among the countries that have been removed from the red list which is now down to seven nations.

Edinson Cavani will no longer have to quarantine on his return from duty with Uruguay

Edinson Cavani will no longer have to quarantine on his return from duty with Uruguay

Following an exemption introduced before the international break, players who visited red list countries were due to spend 10 days in bespoke quarantine once they arrived back in England providing they are fully vaccinated.

As part of the agreement they will be allowed out only to train and play. But those who have benefitted from the red-list alterations will now have no such restrictions on their movement and be free to stay at home.

Colombia remains on the red list, meaning Spurs’s Davinson Sanchez and Everton’s Yerry Mina will still be required to quarantine as will Brighton’s Ecuadorian youngster Jeremy Sarmiento.

Having played their first qualifier in Colombia, Brazil’s players returning this weekend will also have to quarantine despite their country also coming off the list.

Emiliano Martinez will no longer need to isolate after Argentine was taken off the UK's red list

Paraguay were also taken off the list meaning Miguel Almiron won't have to quarantine

Argentina, Uraguay and Paraguay have been taken off the UK’s red list meaning players such as Emiliano Martinez and Miguel Almiron won’t have to isolate

Players like Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero will be free to return and stay at home

Players like Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero will be free to return and stay at home

Nine players from the Premier League are in Brazil’s squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.

Top flight clubs expected their players to be back in the country in time for the Premier League’s resumption this weekend.

Spurs, for example, intend to fly their South American quartet, which includes Brazilian defender Emerson Royal, back by private jet ahead of Sunday’s trip to newly taken over Newcastle.

Though with the final round of qualifiers taking place on Thursday night and Friday morning UK time the involvement of all the players who went to South America in this weekend’s games remains in doubt, with individual assessments set to determine whether or not they play.

The red list countries are all now in Central and South America. They are: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. 

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