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Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia to quarantine in Europe for warm-weather training after Argentina Covid chaos

EMILIANO BUENDIA and Emiliano Martinez intend to jet back to Europe following the stunning stoppage of Argentina’s World Cup qualifier with Brazil.

And Sky Sports News claims the Aston Villa duo will travel to Croatia rather than the UK to continue training before flying to England.


Martinez, 29, started between the sticks on Sunday for this year’s Copa America champions.

But the clash was suspended after six minutes in dramatic fashion when officials, representing Brazil's health regulatory agency Anvisa, ran onto the pitch.

And reps from the body were seen remonstrating with Martinez, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero during the chaos.

Martinez and Buendia, 24, were available for call-ups for their first two games during the international break against Venezuela and Brazil. 

The ex-Arsenal stopper and was one of four England-based Premier League stars accused of not adhering to strict Covid regulations after arriving in Brazil with Argentina’s team. 

The UK is currently regarded as a ‘high risk’ country for Covid-19 with visitors travelling from these shores to Brazil required to quarantine. 

It is alleged Buendia and Martinez, along with Spurs players Giovani Lo Celso and Christian Romero, lied when filling out forms concerning coronavirus protocols when they entered the country. 

And It is claimed the Prem aces did not state they had been in the UK in the 14 days before their arrival in Brazil for their nation’s World Cup qualifiers. 

It is thought the pair will now miss Argentina’s third qualifier against Bolivia scheduled to take place early on Friday morning UK time. 

It is suggested their trip to Croatia – which is a green list nation – means they should be able to train and travel back to the UK without the need to quarantine. 

A straight return to Britain from South America would have seen the pair spend 10 days in government hotel quarantine. 

Stopping off in Croatia will mean Buendia and Martinez could end up missing one league game before Villa’s game against Everton on September 18. 

It is thought the pair will miss the club’s Prem duel with title-chasers Chelsea on September 11.

Brazil's top football body the CBF, along with Conmebol, believed they had negotiated exemption from Federal Government in order for their national team's clash to go ahead with Argentina.

And it is claimed Argentina's Premier League players would be available to play.

But Anvisa are reported to have rejected this.

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