As per a report by French sports daily L'Equipe, players from the European leagues will only be released to their national team a week before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
L'Equipe cited a letter sent by European football governing body UEFA to 55 national federations in the continent which mentioned that the players will be freed from club duties only on November 14, 2022.
The Football World Cup is generally staged during summers in the northern hemisphere, a time when most of the European events are in close season. However this time, the World Cup in Qatar next year will get underway from November 21 to December 18 as the weather conditions will be cooler in the host nation.
UEFA, however refused to comment when contacted by Reuters.