World Cup 2022: Harry Kane and Gabriel Jesus could get pre-tournament breathers

Side-on shot of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur on 29 October, 2022 at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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England (opens in new tab) captain Harry Kane and Brazil (opens in new tab)'s Gabriel Jesus are among a host of Premier League stars who could buy themselves a potentially priceless break prior to the World Cup.

The Tottenham (opens in new tab) and Arsenal (opens in new tab) strikers have both picked up four yellow cards this season, meaning they're one away from serving a one-match ban. And should they collect another booking this weekend, they'll be suspended for their respective clubs' games next weekend – which sees the final round of fixtures before the tournament in Qatar kicks off.

Nine other Premier League stars hoping to head to the World Cup find themselves in the same boat, as highlighted by the Daily Mail (opens in new tab). They are: Kane's Spurs teammate Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay (opens in new tab)); Jesus' Gunners colleague William Saliba (France (opens in new tab)); Manchester United (opens in new tab)'s Diogo Dalot (Portugal (opens in new tab)); West Ham (opens in new tab)'s Thilo Kehrer (Germany (opens in new tab)); Brighton (opens in new tab)'s Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina (opens in new tab)); Bournemouth (opens in new tab)'s Chris Mepham (Wales (opens in new tab)); Fulham (opens in new tab)'s Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia (opens in new tab)); Everton (opens in new tab)'s Amadou Onana (Belgium (opens in new tab)); and Newcastle (opens in new tab)'s Fabian Schar (Switzerland (opens in new tab)).

It should be noted that bans for an accumulation of yellow cards (as opposed to suspensions for red cards) apply only to the competition in which those yellows were received, so if any of the above players were to be booked this weekend, they'd still be eligible to feature in Round Three of the Carabao Cup in midweek – but it's quite possible that some could be about to have their last domestic action until after Christmas.

Could we see a few tactical fouls or superfluous shirt removals this weekend? You wouldn't be surprised...

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