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Premier League stars are set to miss the start of the season due to the Olympics – Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli, two Manchester United players and Everton striker Richarlison


Euro 2020 and the Copa America may be over, but you won’t have to wait long for more football with the Olympics starting this week.

The delayed Tokyo Games begin on July 23 with a number of Premier League players set for action.

The Tokyo Olympics start this month
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Football begins on July 25 and will continue until August 7. This means that those who play for their country will miss the start of the new national season.

Japan is currently on the Amber List, which means those returning to England will need to self-quarantine for 10 days.

Here are the Premier League players who have already been named to their country’s squads.

Gabriel Martinelli – Brazil

The striker has had an injury-plagued second season at Arsenal which limited him to just 22 appearances and two goals in all competitions.

When he played he looked dangerous and was already a fan favorite having scored 10 times in his debut campaign – the first teenager to do so at the club since Nicolas Anelka.

The 20-year-old has yet to make a senior appearance for Brazil, but the Olympics will be a good opportunity to show off his skills.

Premier League stars are set to miss the start of the season due to the Olympics – Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli, two Manchester United players and Everton striker Richarlison
Martinelli has proven popular at Arsenal since joining in 2019
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Richarlison – Brazil

The forward will be a big miss for Everton early in the season, having formed a solid partnership with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The 24-year-old has been a regular at the senior squad since 2018, helping Brazil win the Copa America in 2018.

He was part of the squad that lost in the final to Argentina in this year’s tournament – he will likely need a significant rest period before returning to action with Everton.

Premier League stars are set to miss the start of the season due to the Olympics – Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli, two Manchester United players and Everton striker Richarlison
Richarlison has been linked with estrangement from Everton
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Douglas Luiz – Brazil

Brazil also called Luiz, the ace of Aston Villa.

The 23-year-old made 34 appearances for Villa last season and will likely start for his country in central midfielder.

Amad Diallo – Ivory Coast

Manchester United signed Diallo for £ 37million from Atalanta, with him joining the Red Devils in January.

He spent most of his time in the Under-23s, but showed flashes of his potential in the senior squad.

With Jadon Sancho signing this summer as well, and missing the preseason and the start of the campaign, the chances may be limited when he returns.

Premier League stars are set to miss the start of the season due to the Olympics – Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli, two Manchester United players and Everton striker Richarlison
Amad joined Man United for £ 37million in January
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Eric Bailly – Ivory Coast

Bailly wasn’t the first choice at United last season, but his absence could leave the Red Devils struggling for depth.

Last season, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were the privileged partner. Raphael Varane has been touted as a possible signing, but Bailly could be missed.

Explaining the decision to allow Bailly and Amad to leave, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I think everyone when they grow up watches the Olympics and can see Usain Bolt or Ryan Giggs. I saw him play at the Olympics [for Great Britain in 2012]!

“When your country calls you, I think I can’t help but make this childhood dream come true.

“Of course Eric is too old but I think they can see the value in him and that’s why they brought him in.

“Amad is a young and exciting prospect. It will be good to see them. It will be their preseason but they have to come back with a medal. We need a good idea of ​​the place when they come back! ”

Premier League stars are set to miss the start of the season due to the Olympics – Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli, two Manchester United players and Everton striker Richarlison
Bailly went to the Olympics with the blessing of Man United
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Niels Nkounkou – France

Everton left-back Nkounkou, 20, is expected to play for France.

The French had numerous injuries ahead of the Games and Nkounkou, who played six times for the Toffees last season, could be included.

Chris Wood – New Zealand

The Burnley forward has had another strong Premier League season, hitting double digits for the fourth campaign in a row.

He was the talisman of Sean Dyche’s team and will be sadly missed by the Clarets.

For his country, Wood has scored 24 times in 57 appearances.

Premier League stars are set to miss the start of the season due to the Olympics – Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli, two Manchester United players and Everton striker Richarlison
Wood has been Burnley’s talisman for four years – scoring double-digit Premier League goals in every campaign
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Winston Reid – New Zealand

West Ham’s Reid is also part of the New Zealand squad.

The defenseman is expected to leave the Hammers this summer after two loan spells last season.

Alexis Mac Allister – Argentina

The Brighton midfielder will look to follow in Lionel Messi’s footsteps and claim Olympic glory.

Messi and Argentina won gold in 2008 in Beijing.

Mac Allister scored three goals in 26 appearances for the Seagulls last season.

Daniel Arzani – Australia

The 22-year-old Manchester City winger will look to impress the Socceroos.

Arzani is yet to make his competitive debut for City and has had four loan spells since joining them from Melbourne City in 2018.

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