Edinson Cavani to miss Uruguay World Cup qualifiers as Prem clubs in battle over releasing players to red list countries

EDINSON CAVANI will not travel to South America this week, after his Uruguay call-up was withdrawn.

The 34-year-old had initially been named in Oscar Tabarez's squad, despite the Premier League banning its players from travelling to red list countries.

Cavani reacted with bemusement to the Prem's decision on Instagram.

While Uruguayan FA president Ignacio Alonso even called on FIFPRO to ensure that their talisman would be able to travel.

Alonso's protestations, however, have been to no avail – with Manchester United confirming that Cavani will be staying in the UK over the international break.

Uruguay will now face Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador without him – with the latter matches at home and the former in Lima.

Had Cavani travelled, he wouldn't have returned to Manchester until September 10, the day before the Red Devils face Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

In accordance with Government rules he would then have had to spend 10 days in quarantine.

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This would have seen him also miss clashes with Young Boys and West Ham.

While Cavani is staying put, some Prem stars have defied the league's wishes.

Spurs pair Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso jetted off to Argentina alongside Villa duo Emi Buendia and Emi Martinez for their side's World Cup qualifiers in Venezuela, Brazil and their home country.

Tottenham will now be without the big-money duo for matches against Crystal Palace, Rennes and Chelsea – with Romero and Lo Celso then facing a fitness race to be ready to face Arsenal on September 26.

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