Together with the other 19 top-flight clubs and with the support of the Premier League, Everton have opted to prohibit travel during the upcoming international break for players from countries on the United Kingdom's "red list" for risk of Covid-19 infection.
The decision would prevent Richarlison, in particular, from joining up with the Brazil squad for three forthcoming matches in the space of seven days against Chile, Argentina and Peru.
James Rodriguez, who was not called up by Colombia for the Copa America, would also be prevented from travelling should he still be with the Blues after August 31st and be summoned by his country. His compatriot Yerry Mina is also affected by the decision.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Premier League clubs have always supported their players' desires to represent their countries — this is a matter of pride for all concerned. However, clubs have reluctantly but rightly come to the conclusion that it would be entirely unreasonable to release players under these new circumstances.
The move would afford Richarlison his first break from competitive action since the end of last season after he played 15 times for his country at the Copa America and the Tokyo Olympics.
"Quarantine requirements mean that players' welfare and fitness will be significantly impacted. We understand the challenges that exist in the international match calendar and remain open to workable solutions."
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