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The IFA has revealed that the Premier League has the option of rescheduling several postponed games this season during an international break later this month.

There is an international window between January 24 and February 2 and the 18 top-flight games postponed due to rising Covid-19 cases can be played then.

The international window, which ran from 24 January to 2 February, would not include European countries, and was seen by the league at the start of the season as an opportunity for any player not for international duty elsewhere to take a break. was called.

However, that 10-day period may be too valuable to hold now, and FIFA would not stand in the way of the Premier League if it chose to stage matches, provided clubs release non-European players if requested. .

A FIFA spokesman said: “In accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 1 of Annex 1 to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, the release of players is mandatory for all international windows listed in the international match calendar.

“Therefore, should the club and league decide to play on those dates, they will not be able to show any player who has been called up / is on international duty.”

Playing top-flight matches during the window can create issues around integrity, with some clubs more affected by call-ups outside Europe than others.

Many clubs are already vulnerable after releasing players for the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on Sunday and runs until 6 February.

The Premier League has not commented on whether it intends to reschedule matches beyond the three that were allotted new dates last week – Southampton v Brentford, West Ham v Norwich and Everton v Leicester.

Ninety-nine percent of Premier League matches this season have been played as per schedule.

Starting Thursday, the league is dropping twice-weekly PCR tests on all players and staff, the PA news agency understands.

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