Bruno Fernandes could be forced to miss Manchester United’s next four games after Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.
Ronaldo, 35, has been sent home from Portugal’s training camp after being diagnosed with Covid-19, although he is said to be in good health and showing no symptoms.
According to Portuguese outlet Record, the rest of Fernando Santos’ squad have since returned further negative tests, meaning their clash with Sweden will go ahead on Wednesday.
Yet United will be sweating over star man Fernandes, who may have to quarantine upon his return to Manchester after being in contact with Ronaldo on international duty.
UK coronavirus regulations state that anyone who has been in direct contact with a confirmed case must self-isolate for two weeks, which would come as a major blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It remains unclear how that rule applies to athletes, however, given they have been operating in strict bubbles since sport resumed over the summer.
Arsenal have been left in a similar position with Kieran Tierney, who is undergoing a period of self-isolation after being sent home from Scotland’s training camp last week.
Tierney and Ryan Christie were the only other Scotland stars forced to withdraw from the squad after Stuart Armstrong tested positive, having been identified as close contracts of the Southampton midfielder.
As a result, Tierney is set to miss the Gunners’ crunch clash with Manchester City this weekend, leaving club officials seething.
If Fernandes is also made to self-isolate for the next two weeks, he will be unavailable for United in key fixtures against Newcastle, Paris St-Germain, Chelsea and RB Leipzig.
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Wolves are also fearing the worst after Ronaldo’s positive test as they currently have five players in the Portugal camp; Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Nelson Semedo and Daniel Podence.
Liverpool ace Diogo Jota is another Premier League player in the squad, as well as Manchester City trio Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva.
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