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Should loans be allowed despite Covid crisis?

Whether clubs should be allowed to loan players out during the current transfer window whilst they are struggling to fulfil fixtures during the current Omicron Covid crisis has become an issue.

It follows the decision by the Premier League to grant Arsenal’s request for their North London derby with Tottenham on  Sunday to be postponed on the grounds that they did not have enough fit senior layers.

The Gunners have been hit by a combination of AFCON absentees, injuries and Covid cases, but the request did not go down well with Spurs. They pointed out that, when they had a separate Covid outbreak in their own squad before Christmas, UEFA made them forfeit their Europa Conference League tie with Lille of France.

They are also unhappy that Arsenal have loaned out two  players in the last week – Ainsley Maitland-Niels to Roma and Flo Balogun to Middlesbrough, both of whom could have been used to make up the numbers on Sunday if they were available.

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