By Mark Smith

11th Sep, 2021 | 9:15am

Phil Hay: Decision for Raphinha to play for Leeds came through late last night

Leeds United have finally been given permission to start Raphinha in their Premier League clash against Liverpool.

After not travelling for international duty, Brazil and FIFA pushed to impose a five-day ban on their players in England.

That was upheld, but Phil Hay has shared that all parties placated and the decision came through at the eleventh hour ahead of the scheduled fixtures this weekend.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Hay shared that major update on the situation that will leave all fans buzzing.

“Raphinha’s available for tomorrow’s game.

“Everyone placated and approval for him to play against Liverpool came through just before midnight yesterday.”

11th hour.

The Premier League will have had to get this done before today in order to make all those previously banned players available.

It would not have gone down well if those banned playing today weren’t able to feature, but then Raphinha and the Liverpool trio were.

Answers had to be found last night, and it looks as though they were finally agreed to at the final moment.

Common sense has finally prevailed, and those coming together looked to avoid any hostile environments between clubs, countries and governing bodies.

Hopefully, a long-term answer has been provided too with breaks to come in both October and November – we can’t deal with the prospect of losing Raphinha for any games again.

Dan James has arrived now which makes the situation more bearable, and it looks as though he may make his debut off the bench tomorrow.

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