Recent suggestions on Twitter have emerged that Luis Suarez may have to miss Liverpool's home game against Fulham on November 9 due to FIFA ruling that states a player must be released five days before a national team match.

It has been said that Suarez may not be available for the Reds' home tie as he is required at a Uruguay training camp five days ahead of their crucial clash against Jordan on Wednesday 13 November. 

The "release of players for national association representative matches in accordance with the Coordinated International Match Calendar" under "Section a) Qualifying matches for an international competition played on fixed/set dates" declares that "these matches take priority over matches in a national championship." 

In other words this means that it is Uruguay's responsibility as whether to allow the 26-year-old to play against Fulham in the domestic match before the qualifier.

It continues "A club holding the registration of a player called up to play in the national team must release him to the national association on the fixed/set dates for international matches in each calendar year.

"The player shall also be released for the period of preparation. If the player is called up to play in a qualifying match for an international competition, this period shall be four days (including the day of the match). The period of release shall be prolonged to five days if the match in question is held on a different continent to that on which the club is domiciled."

This rule only applies because of the nature of Uruguay's game, with it being a World Cup qualifier Suarez is required to be present with his compatriots earlier than the usual 48 hour policy that applies to international friendlies.

FIFA's imperative use of  "must release" and "priority" implies that a compromise is unlikely to be made in this case and that Suarez will miss the game to join up with his national team-mates. 

Whilst the prospect of playing without Suarez against Fulham may not seem potentially critical for Brendan Rodgers' side, the return leg may prove hazardous for the Anfield outfit.

The game in Montevido on Wednesday 20 is just three days earlier than a vital trip to Goodison Park. Given the the distance the journey will likely mean that Suarez will return to Merseyside on the 21st at the very earliest.

As a consequence of jet lag and fatigue, his form could suffer in the hugely renowned Merseyside derby, in which a strong or poor performance from the forward could alter the result. 

The late appearance of this news has panicked some Liverpudlians, with their number seven having been one of their most impressive players since his return from a 10-match-ban.

Suarez has so far contributed six goals and an assist in just five games, linking up terrifically with strike partner Daniel Sturridge in wins against West Brom and Sunderland. 

Others have reacted angrily to the claims that Uruguay could overrule the use of Luis Suarez in his club's Premier League game against the Cottagers due to the fact they pay his weekly wages and should therefore gain preference over his international appearances.

This should all be taken with a pinch of salt however as there is yet to be any official confirmation on the matter and all  news is still rumours. Uruguay could yet decide to allow Suarez to play against Fulham at the risk of him becoming tired or injured for their qualifier.

Nevertheless Liverpool will undoubtedly be looking to return to winning ways following a dismal 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

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