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Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has started Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Brazil in Sao Paulo, but there is no place in the match squad for club-mate Emiliano Buendia.

The pair’s involvement in the qualifier was thrown into doubt ahead of kick-off amid claims the Brazilian heath authority wanted them deported from the country.

South American football expert Tim Vickery tweeted just before 6pm UK time: “Real problems for the Brazil v Argentina game, due to kick off in 2 hours. The Brazilian health authorities want the immediate deportation of Argentina’s 4 Premier League players – three of whom are set to start the game.”

The four are Martinez, Buendia and Tottenham duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero.

However, those issues appear to have been resolved, with Martinez, Lo Celso and Romero in the starting XI alongside Lionel Messi, although Buendia is not involved.

It was reported earlier today that the England-based quartet could have faced a 14-day quarantine in the South American country before their return to England to carry out their 10-day isolation.

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Brazil’s quarantine rules state that anyone coming into the country who has been in the United Kingdom in the two weeks previous has to quarantine for 14 days.

Reports in South America then claimed that the quartet had been cleared to play against Brazil and will face no extra quarantine.

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