By Mark Smith

28th Aug, 2020 | 6:30pm

Phil Hay details if Leeds players will need to quarantine after international duty

Leeds United will have a number of players representing their countries in the week before the Premier League gets underway.

There are the regulars such as Stuart Dallas who will be going away with Northern Ireland, but there are some fresh faces leaving Thorp Arch.

Illan Meslier will be with France under-21s, and Liam Cooper will get the chance to earn his third Scotland cap. The big one is obviously Kalvin Phillips representing England – what an achievement.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting travel around the world though, how will this affect those players coming back?

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has recently detailed whether or not those players will need to quarantine when returning to the United Kingdom.

“International football comes with quarantine exemptions,” he wrote on Twitter.

This is the best possible outcome for Leeds, who could have been in trouble should these exemptions not have been in place.

Imagine going to Liverpool on the first matchday without Cooper, Phillips and Dallas – it wouldn’t have been pretty.

When you add in the fact that two new potential signings, Rodrigo and Robin Koch are also featuring for Spain and Germany, this rule is a blessing.

Rodrigo has all but sealed his record-breaking move to Elland Road, and Koch is expected to complete a medical over the weekend after positive talks with the Whites.

Either way, it looks like Leeds will be taking on Liverpool with a full-strength side – fingers crossed they return in top condition.

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