No Firmino, Coutinho, or Guimarães for Brazil
Brazil have officially released their squad for the upcoming international break, as World Cup qualification continues.
Brazil’s squad for next month’s international break.
Bruno Guimarães incredibly unlucky to miss out after the month he’s had, but good to see Antony and Raphinha rewarded with call-ups to the Seleção. pic.twitter.com/ZVlgJVO422
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) September 24, 2021
Seleção are primed to clash with Venezuela in Caracas and Colombia in Barranquilla, before returning home to host Uruguay in Manaus.
But the five-time World Cup winners will be without formerly key duo Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, who were both overlooked for the squad, and the same can be said for Everton forward Richarlison.
Another shock comes in his decision to not reward Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Bruno Guimarães. The 23-year-old would have been hoping to add to his three caps thus far as he continues to showcase his credentials in the Rhône valley under Peter Bosz, despite his club’s shaky start in Ligue 1 this season.
UK quarantine rules relaxed for elite footballers could still cause headaches
Despite the UK relaxing its travel rules, footballers forced to make the trip to and from Brazil could still be caught in between the Brazilian FA and the new quarantine system to be put into place.
Now, players are expected to isolate inside the player bubble for five days – which allows them to continue to train – rather than go into a full quarantine bubble for 10-days.
However, in the case of the upcoming international break, Brazil scheduling their home fixture against Uruguay a mere 36-hours before the resumption of the Premier League calendar means that any player who departs for duty looks likely to miss their first weekend back on English soil.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.