Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has gone on record to say that the club will block its players from international duty if they are called up by countries that activate a 10-day quarantine upon return from to the UK.

We’re in an unprecedented situation at the moment in the game with this season obviously impacted completely by the pandemic.

Indeed, many have scratched their heads at the continuing international calendar and with another coming at the end of the month, trouble appears on the horizon.

UK government guidelines mean certain countries are on a list that requires a 10-day quarantine period back on these shores once you return from them, with several South American nations among them.

Of course, the Premier League has many clubs with players from that area of the world and Smith has signalled his intention to block such call-ups.

He confirmed via Sky Sports that he would take that route of action and it remains to be seen who follows his lead.

Rush Football’s take

Bafflingly, it looks as though the internationals are going to go ahead and club managers will be doing all they can to limit the potential damage a quarantine period could do in terms of players missing crucial games at an important part of the season.

Smith surely won’t be the only manager to head this way.


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