Werder Bremen will not release players for international duty

According to Kicker, Bundesliga side Werder Bremen will not allow any of their players to travel abroad during the international break if they’re called up by their respective nations.

This would affect players such as Marco Friedl (Austria), Milos Veljkovic (Serbia), Milot Rashica (Kosovo), Yuya Osako (Japan) and Josh Sargent (USA). However, Jiri Pavlenka would be able to play for Czech Republic against Germany on November 11 as this fixture takes place in Leipzig.

Per updated FIFA rules, during the pandemic, there is no obligation by clubs to release players for their international teams if a player is threatened with a five-day quarantine upon return – like in Bremen – regardless of a positive/negative test.

A player such as Sargent would travel to the USA for games against Costa Rica and Panama but would also travel to Wales, who are currently on “firebreak lockdown”, a short and sharp lockdown to help regain the spread of Covid-19.

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