Man Utd may be dealt huge Fernandes blow after Ronaldo’s positive Covid-19 test

Manchester United could be without Bruno Fernandes for four matches if he is forced to self-isolate following Cristiano Ronaldo's positive coronavirus test.

The Juventus star received the positive test on Tuesday while on international duty with Portugal despite being asymptomatic, and he is now self-isolating in the team hotel.

Every other player, including Fernandes, has tested negative, but according to Portuguese outlet A Bola under new UK regulations they may still be forced to stay at home for two weeks due to the fact they have come into close contact with Ronaldo.

It is not yet clear whether there would be an exemption for the Portuguese squad given the circumstances, but it will certainly be a worry for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer given United's hectic upcoming schedule.

If Fernandes is indeed forced to sit out, he would miss Saturday's game against Newcastle United as well as matches against PSG, Chelsea and RB Leipzig.

And he would not be the only Premier League star ruled out of action, with Wolves having five players in the Portugal squad (Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Daniel Podence), Manchester City with three (Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva) and Liverpool with one (Diogo Jota).

United are already missing new signing Edinson Cavani, who is finishing his mandatory two-week isolation upon arrival in the UK.

His case is slightly different to that of Fernandes, however, due to the fact he was not in the secure bubble of a team when he travelled over from France.

It remains to be seen whether the Portugal squad are given an exemption due to the fact they are elite-tier athletes, but Arsenal's Kieran Tierney is an example of a player who has had to self-isolate due to the fact he came into close contact with Scottish teammate Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive.

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