Premier League: Players set to avoid bans over failing to report for international duty

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Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager, was uncertain if Brazil goalkeeper Alisson would be available for Sunday's match when he spoke to the media on Friday

After Brazil dropped their complaint regarding Premier League players not reporting for duty, they will be allowed to play for their clubs on Saturday.

Fifa rules stipulate that players who were not released during the South American World Cup qualifiers would be banned from playing for five consecutive days.

There were 11 complaints against players.

The Press Association reports that all countries involved have waived their bans.

Playable players

Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino (Liverpool, Brazil).

Gabriel Jesus and Ederson (Manchester City, Brazil)

Thiago Silva (Chelsea, Brazil)

Raphinha (Leeds, Brazil)

Fred (Manchester United, Brazil)

Miguel Almiron (Newcastle, Paraguay).

Raul Jimenez (Wolves, Mexico)

Francisco Sierralta (Watford, Chile)

"Common sense prevailed"

All the South American qualifiers were held in countries that are on the red Covid-19 travel lists of the UK government.

Anybody entering or returning to the UK from these countries must quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.

Many players didn't report for international duty. This led to South American national associations asking Fifa for bans.

Following talks between Fifa and relevant associations, Brazil and Chile have apparently agreed to lift the rule.

On Friday, it was confirmed that Miguel Almiron, a Paraguay striker, and Raul Jimenez (Wolves' Mexico striker) could both play for their respective clubs.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce didn't reveal details about Almiron's availability, but stated that "common sense prevailed".

Bruce stated, "It's been going on behind the scenes continuously, but I can only say that he is available, and there are still live debates as you speak."

Mexico has already withdrawn its complaint so Jimenez will be available to face Watford Saturday.