Brazilian players risk Premier League ban

Manchester City face the prospect of picking third-choice goalkeeper Scott Carson for their Premier League clash against Leicester City on Saturday with No.1 Zack Steffen recovering from COVID-19.

Eight Premier League players could miss the weekend’s games after sources told ESPN that the Brazilian FA invoked a FIFA rule that prevents players from being listed for their clubs if they are not released for a international duty.

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The Premier League has barred players from joining their country if that meant going to countries on the red list.

This means City would do without first-choice goaltender Ederson while substitute Steffen tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with the United States, meaning Carson, 36, could get the green light to start against Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

The former England goalkeeper has only made one senior appearance since arriving at Etihad Stadium in Derby County, initially on loan, in 2019.

Sources told ESPN that the Premier League is in talks with Brazilian authorities and FIFA to try to resolve the situation and that there is still hope that Ederson will be cleared to play.

In addition to City, players from Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds United are also affected.

Under FIFA regulations, players can be banned for five days after the end of an international break. If not reversed, United midfielder Fred and Chelsea defender Thiago Silva will miss out on Tuesday’s Champions League games as well as the next round of Premier League games.

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson have been included, along with Leeds striker Raphinha, who was first called up to the Brazil squad.

Richarlison of Everton, however, was not included in the roster as Everton allowed the striker to play in the Olympics when regulations did not require him to.

City are hopeful that Kevin De Bruyne will be available for the trip to Leicester after the Belgian midfielder returns to training following an ankle injury.

Phil Foden has also returned to training after injuring his foot during Euro 2020.

The 21-year-old, who is set to sign a new long-term contract at the Etihad, is set to return but will be assessed before a decision is made on his chances of facing Leicester.

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