Newcastle United have avoided a potentially difficult situation with Miguel Almiron after the Conmebol Council confirmed that World Cup qualifiers in South America have been postponed.

Several Premier League clubs had already decided at the end of March not to release their players due to the current self-isolation rules in Great Britain.

In the UK, anyone returning from coronavirus red list countries, which includes Portugal, all of South America and parts of Africa, must be quarantined for 10 days without exception.

As a result, the clubs could do without star players in games that take place immediately after the international break from March 22nd to April 1st.

While Almiron is currently injured and likely unavailable, Magpies head coach Steve Bruce feared Paraguay could have called him anyway.

“I think the entire Premier League and the EFL are looking at this situation,” Bruce said in his pre-game press conference with West Brom.

“Whether you’re hurt or not, it seems pretty ridiculous to me, but we have to take a look and see what we’re going to do.

“We’re being led by other people, not just with Miggy because he’s injured, but also with what they’re going to do with the international players across the board.”

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“In a pandemic, I never would have thought that we would want to play players halfway around the world. We have to see that.”

The Premier League clubs discussed the issue at a meeting last week and decided that it would be up to each club to determine how to act according to government and FIFA guidelines.

Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Bruce had all voiced their frustrations about the scenario, but now the problem is resolved and the games are canceled.

“The CONMEBOL Council has decided to suspend the double qualification date for Qatar 2022, which is planned for March,” they confirmed on Twitter.

“The decision is due to the impossibility of having all South American players on time. FIFA will analyze the postponement of the date in coordination with CONMEBOL and the member associations.

“The various ways in which the Games can be carried out will soon be explored.”

According to the normal Fifa rules, the clubs must approve all players who have been called up to represent their country in the competition matches specified in the agreed international calendar.

In early February, Fifa extended an exemption, introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to the end of April that would have allowed Premier League clubs to keep their players in the UK.

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