Leeds United star Gjanni Alioski had a pretty good Thursday night when he helped North Macedonia qualify for the Euros next summer – the first major tournament they’ve ever qualified for.
And he has been rewarded with a break after facing a suspension for a second yellow card he picked up in the last Nations League game against Georgia.
It means he is ineligible for the game against Estonia on Sunday and the Macedonian Football Twitter account – a brilliant source of insider information on the national team – has now said that he has been allowed to leave the squad early.
That means he won’t play in the game against Armenia next Wednesday and will return to Thorp Arch where he can prepare for the Premier League game against Arsenal a week on Sunday.
Squad update for Sunday 🆚🇪🇪
– Goran Pandev and Arijan Ademi were allowed to leave early and return to their clubs
– Alioski, who was facing a yellow cards ban on Sunday, has been allowed to leave early (won't play next week either)
– Same for Dimitrievski who had red card ban
— Macedonian Football (@MacedonianFooty) November 13, 2020
Big boost, big reward
Well, this is a big bonus for Leeds. All we want now is for our players to return to Leeds unscathed and getting Alioski back early is a great start.
We’ve consistently said that the Nations League matches are a step too far and that internationals, bar the Euro play-offs, should have been cancelled.
Mo Salah is the latest high-profile player to test positive for Covid-19 and will now likely miss the next Liverpool game.
Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive in the last international break, and there are plenty of other players who have been sent home this time around.
Given what’s going on in the world, it seems deeply irresponsible to let players out of their domestic bubbles and possibly threaten the game continuing over the winter.
The sooner all of our players are back, the better.
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