Premier League ‘Big Six’ players’ extraordinary distance travelled in international break

Premier League ‘Big Six’ players’ extraordinary distance travelled in international break

The international “break” is somewhat misguided in its description. For Premier League managers, the work doesn’t stop in terms of coaching the players who weren’t called up to play for their countries.

It’s a chance to work on the training ground and nail down those tactical plans that perhaps were not so solid in the opening three games of the season.

For the players left at home, they still have to come into training when required and maintain their fitness for a fortnight without any competitive matches.

But ultimately, it is those footballers who turn up to play for their nation who are dealt an unfavourable situation. Some have to play three games in the space of six days or a week, leaving them feeling exhausted ahead of their return to their respective clubs.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho joins up with the Italy squad for the international break

Playing for your country is an honour but in modern football, it comes with a heavy price: jet lag, quarantining in some cases and also fatigue.

The last thing any footballer wants after playing a hat-trick of matches in quick succession is an 11-hour flight from South East Asia and for the managers, it throws up an interesting dilemma on whether to rest them or select them for their next club match.

The actual distance that some footballers are forced to travel sometimes goes under the radar, but not anymore.

Mirror Football dug deep into the travel data to show exactly how far players from the ‘Big Six’ clubs have had to travel during this international break – and the findings are quite extraordinary.

* Figures based on estimated air distance between destinations

Arsenal: 43,570 miles

Takehiro Tomiyasu is unlikely to make his Arsenal debut after featuring for Japan on international duty

Mikel Arteta will be delighted that his Arsenal side have had it relatively easy during the international break after a poor start to the season.

The only injury concern is Mohamed Elneny, who suffered a muscle injury before heading out to join up with the Egypt squad and returned shortly after they beat Angola 1-0.

It could be a while until the Gunners see their new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu in action, however, following his nightmare itinerary from London to Beijing via Tokyo, before heading back to English capital.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (Japan): 12,397 miles

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon): 7,412 miles

Albert Sambi Lokonga (Belgium): 4,710 miles

Mohamed Elneny (Egypt): 4,360 miles

Bukayo Saka (England): 3,974 miles

Bernd Leno (Germany): 3,767 miles

Martin Odegaard (Norway): 3,254 miles

Kieran Tierney (Scotland): 3,043 miles

Sead Kolasinac – Bosnia and Herzegovina): 2,598 miles

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland): 1,921 miles

Emile Smith Rowe (England U21s): 54 miles

Folarin Balogun (England U21s): 54 miles

Manchester United : 51,355 miles

Bruno Fernandes has travelled to Faro and Baku with Portugal before heading back to Manchester

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not had it too bad in reality after Cristiano Ronaldo was able to make an early return from international duty.

The Portuguese was booked against the Republic of Ireland, meaning he was banned for their World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan, thus avoiding a tough trip to Baku.

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Their English quartet have also been able to rotate and Solskjaer will be hoping the likes of Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho come back from Warsaw on Wednesday without any injury concerns.

Bruno Fernandes (Portugal): 6,873 miles

Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast): 6,630 miles

David De Gea (Spain): 5,895 miles

Jesse Lingard (England): 4,058 miles

Harry Maguire (England): 4,058 miles

Jadon Sancho (England): 4,058 miles

Luke Shaw (England): 4,058 miles

Victor Lindelof (Sweden): 3,635 miles

Anthony Martial (France): 3,256 miles

Paul Pogba (France): 3,256 miles

Raphael Varane (France): 3,256 miles

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 2,322 miles

Chelsea: 57,845 miles

Christian Pulisic has been to El Salvador and Nashville before returning to Chelsea just two days before they face Newcastle

With big responsibility comes a long journey for Christian Pulisic.

The USA star captained the side to victory against El Salvador but the 22-year-old faces a long plane ride home from Nashville just two days before Chelsea play Aston Villa, so it seems unlikely that he will feature.

But Thomas Tuchel will be delighted with the fact that Romelu Lukaku is coming back early after he was suspended for Belgium’s final match against Belarus in Minsk, allowing him to rest before their match at Stamford Bridge.

Christian Pulisic (USA): 10,733 miles

Edouard Mendy (Senegal): 9,294 miles

Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain): 6,041 miles

Mateo Kovacic (Croatia): 4,035 miles

Reece James (England): 3,974 miles

Mason Mount (England): 3,974 miles

Kai Havertz (Germany): 3,767 miles

Antonio Rudiger (Germany): 3,767 miles

Timo Werner (Germany): 3,767 miles

Jorginho (Italy): 2,936 miles

Andreas Christensen (Denmark): 2,812 miles

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium): 2,745 miles

Liverpool: 66,734 miles

Takumi Minamino withdrew from the Japan squad after picking up an injury while in Tokyo

Takumi Minamino will be gutted to have travelled all the way to Japan only to head straight back to Liverpool after withdrawing from the squad due to injury.

Liverpool have also reluctantly allowed Mohamed Salah to join up with the Egypt squad after initially blocking his call-up.

Naby Keita’s participation in Premier League action at the weekend looks to be in doubt after Guinea’s match against Morocco was suspended due to a political coup in the country.

But Jurgen Klopp will be able to count on his Brazilian trio of Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino after they were denied permission to link up with the Brazil squad, avoiding a potential 15,000-mile round trip.

Takumi Minamino (Japan): 11,554 miles

Sadio Mane (Senegal): 9,450 miles

Naby Keita (Guinea): 9,320 miles

Mohamed Salah (Egypt): 7,650 miles

Diogo Jota (Portugal): 6,898 miles

Trent Alexander-Arnold (England): 4,150 miles

Jordan Henderson (England): 4,150 miles

Kostas Tsimikas (Greece): 3,485 miles

Andrew Robertson (Scotland): 3,193 miles

Ben Woodburn (Wales): 2,614 miles

Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland): 2,328 miles

Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands): 1,620 miles

Harvey Elliott (England U21s): 165 miles

Curtis Jones (England U21s): 165 miles

Manchester City: 79,534 miles

Zack Steffen faces a long trip back from his time with the USA men’s national team

The sheer number of internationals that Manchester City can boast in their star-studded squad means that Pep Guardiola will be facing an anxious wait over the fitness of his players on their return to Manchester.

Portuguese trio Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva have all featured in three games including that long-haul flight to Baku, which will be a concern for the Catalan head coach.

Zack Steffen (USA): 10,593 miles

Joao Cancelo (Portugal): 6,873 miles

Ruben Dias (Portugal): 6,873 miles

Bernardo Silva (Portugal): 6,873 miles

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ukraine): 6,238 miles

Rodri (Spain): 5,895 miles

Ferran Torres (Spain): 5,895 miles

Aymeric Laporte (Spain): 5,895 miles

Jack Grealish (England): 4,058 miles

Raheem Sterling (England): 4,058 miles

John Stones (England): 4,058 miles

Kyle Walker (England): 4,058 miles

Ilkay Gundogan (Germany): 3,630 miles

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria): 3,442 miles

Nathan Ake (Netherlands): 1,595 miles

Tottenham: 83,320 miles

Giovani Lo Celso is in hot water with Tottenham after reportedly travelling to South America without the club’s permission

Spurs have been hit almost twice as hard as Arsenal after their players clocked up some serious mileage.

When combining the total miles travelled from their 15 players away on international duty, it means they could have travelled the estimated circumference of the planet more than three times with some air miles left over.

The club are set to fine Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez for travelling to South America without the club’s permission.

And that could represent a double blow for Nuno Espirito Santo ahead of their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime, with the Portuguese facing the possibility of also losing Heung-min Son after his long trip back from South Korea.

Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina): 15,347 miles

Cristian Romero (Argentina): 15,347 miles

Davinson Sanchez (Colombia): 14,752 miles

Heung-min Son (South Korea): 11,046 miles

Bryan Gil (Spain U21s): 4,246 miles

Harry Kane (England): 3,974 miles

Hugo Lloris (France): 3,116 miles

Pierluigi Gollini (Italy): 2,936 miles

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Denmark): 2,812 miles

Ben Davies (Wales): 2,564 miles

Joe Rodon (Wales): 2,564 miles

Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland): 2,458 miles

Steven Bergwijn (Netherlands): 1,455 miles

Ryan Sessegnon (England U21s): 54 miles

Oliver Skipp (England U21s): 54 miles

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