Leeds United will refuse to release Luis Sinisterra to play in World Cup warm-up
Luis Sinisterra may not be released by Leeds United to play in an international friendly for Colombia, according to WIN Sports.
The 23-year-old will not be playing at the 2022 World Cup as Colombia failed to qualify out of the ultra-competitive South American section but they could be scheduled to play a warm-up game against Paraguay in the United States, just two days before the competition is due to begin.
But FIFA rules state that clubs are not obligated to release their players for national duty outside of the official FIFA dates and this game would not fall within them.
As a result, Leeds United could well refuse Sinisterra the chance to leave Thorp Arch for the game and instead keep him in Yorkshire to train with the rest of the Whites squad staying at home and not in Qatar for the World Cup.
There is very little time between club football pausing and the World Cup starting in the Middle East and it has left some nations frantically trying to prepare friendlies as a warm-up to the tournament.
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If there is no law saying Leeds must let Sinisterra leave, then they are under no obligation to do so and Colombia will just have to find another player to take his place.
Marsch will want his player to be given a good period of rest for the first week or so after the pause in club football before returning to Thorp Arch for what could be seen as a second pre-season.
Sinisterra would be behind everybody if he is allowed to go and play in a game that only really benefits Paraguay who need to practice before they take on the world in Qatar.
Warm-up games, while essential for the teams in question, serve very little purpose for the rest of the national teams who have to go out of their way to benefit someone else.
The 23-year-old won’t gain anything from playing other than an increased risk of injury so if he isn’t overly keen to go, then Leeds should stand firm and deny the South American nation from calling him up.