Premier League stars set to miss start of season due to Olympics – Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli, two Manchester United players and Everton forward Richarlison

Euro 2020 and the Copa America may be over, but you won’t have long to wait for more football with the Olympics starting this week.

The delayed Tokyo Games begin on July 23 with a number of Premier League players set to be in action.

The Tokyo Olympics get underway this month

Football starts on July 25 and will run until August 7. This means those playing for their countries will miss the start of the new domestic season.

Japan is currently on the Amber list, meaning those returning to England will have to quarantine for 10 days.

Here are the Premier League players who have already been named in squads for their countries.

Gabriel Martinelli – Brazil

The forward had an injury-plagued second season at Arsenal that restricted him to just 22 appearances, and two goals, in all competitions.

When he did play, he looked dangerous and was already a fan favourite after netting 10 times in his debut campaign – the first teenager to do so at the club since Nicolas Anelka.

The 20-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for Brazil, but the Olympics will be a good chance to showcase his skills.

Martinelli has proved popular at Arsenal since joining in 2019

Richarlison – Brazil

The forward will be a big miss for the Everton at the start of the season, having formed a strong partnership with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The 24-year-old has been a regular in the senior team since 2018, helping Brazil win the Copa America in 2018.

He was part of the side that lost in the final to Argentina in this year’s tournament – he is likely to need a significant rest period before returning to action with Everton.

Richarlison has been linked with a move away from Everton

Douglas Luiz – Brazil

Brazil have also called up Aston Villa ace Luiz.

The 23-year-old made 34 appearances for Villa last season and will likely start for his country in central midfield.

Amad Diallo – Ivory Coast

Manchester United signed Diallo for £37million from Atalanta, with him joining up with the Red Devils in January.

He has spent most of his time in the Under-23s, but has shown flashes of his potential in the senior team.

With the signing of Jadon Sancho as well this summer, and him missing pre-season and the start of the campaign, chances may be limited on his return.

Amad joined Man United for a reported £37million in January

Eric Bailly – Ivory Coast

Bailly was not first choice at United last season, but his absence could leave the Red Devils struggling for depth.

Last season, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were the preferred partnering. Raphael Varane has been touted as a possible signing, but Bailly could be missed.

Explaining the decision to allow Bailly and Amad to go, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I think everyone, when they grow up, watches the Olympics and can see Usain Bolt or Ryan Giggs. I saw him play in the Olympics [for Great Britain in 2012]!

“When your country calls you up, I think I can’t stand in the way of that boyhood dream being fulfilled.

“Of course, Eric is over-age but I think they can see the value of him and that’s why they brought him in.

“Amad is a young, exciting prospect. It’ll be good to see them. It’ll be their pre-season but they’ve got to come back with a medal. We need a nice feel about the place when they come back!”

Bailly has gone to the Olympics with Man United’s blessing
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Niels Nkounkou – France

Everton’s 20-year-old left-back Nkounkou is set to feature for France.

The French have had a host of injuries before the Games and Nkounkou, who played six times for the Toffees last term, could feature.

Chris Wood – New Zealand

The Burnley striker enjoyed another good season in the Premier League – reaching double figures for the fourth consecutive campaign.

He was the talisman for Sean Dyche’s side and will be a big miss for the Clarets.

For his country, Wood has scored 24 times in 57 appearances.

Wood has been Burnley’s talisman for four years – netting double figure Premier League goals in each campaign

Winston Reid – New Zealand

West Ham’s Reid is also in the New Zealand squad.

The defender is expected to leave the Hammers this summer following two loan spells last season.

Alexis Mac Allister – Argentina

The Brighton midfielder will be looking to follow in Lionel Messi’s footsteps and claim Olympic glory.

Messi and Argentina won gold in 2008 in Beijing.

Mac Allister scored three goals in 26 appearances for the Seagulls last season.

Daniel Arzani – Australia

The 22-year-old Manchester City winger will be looking to impress for the Socceroos.

Arzani is yet to make his competitive debut for City and has had four loan spells since joining them from Melbourne City in 2018.