There is still some hope that Raphinha could be available for Leeds United’s Premier League clash with Southampton, following a fresh update.
The Lowdown: Leeds dealt Raphinha blow
Another international break is currently underway, with various Whites players heading off to represent their respective nations.
Raphinha is one of those, following his Brazil call-up, so he and other Premier League stars are set to miss their next club match, due to South American World Cup qualification games taking place the day before the return of top flight action.
The Latest: Potential twist?
There is still some lingering hope that the decision will be reversed, however, with the Daily Mail reporting late on Monday night that Premier League clubs have banded together to ask if their Brazilian players can be released early, in order to be available for the weekend action.
Brazil are to due to play Uruguay on Friday, October 15th, just one day before Leeds entertain Southampton at Elland Road.
The Verdict: Klopp back in the good books?
Jurgen Klopp may have annoyed Leeds fans when it came to Pascal Struijk’s red card against Liverpool, but he could be back in the good books now.
The Reds manager has been very vocal about the issue surrounding the Brazil internationals and his standing in the game could affect some change – the Reds play the early Saturday kick-off at Watford when Premier League action resumes, so the German will be desperately clawing at every angle to get his first choice goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, as well as Fabinho back in action.
It seems hugely unfair for teams to be missing key figures for important domestic games, with Raphinha a potential huge loss for Leeds, having scored and assisted nine times apiece for the Whites.
Perhaps then, if Klopp and his fellow managers can find a solution, Whites fans will appreciate the helping hand.
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