Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes could miss the Red Devils’ first match of the new Premier League season with the Government having put Portugal back on England's quarantine list.
Fernandes is believed to have spent the past week in Portugal with his partner Ana Pinho giving birth to his son in the early hours of last Sunday.
It came just hours after Fernandes had played in Portugal's 4-1 Nations League win over Croatia, where he was also forced to provide samples for anti-doping testers following the victory.
Fernandes has not been at Carrington this week post-internationals and it’s thought he has stayed in Portugal.
Though the country has been placed back on England's quarantine list with the rules stating that any travellers arriving in England from mainland Portugal will have to quarantine from 04:00 BST on Saturday.
Should the January signing not return, he may have to abide by the 14-day quarantine rules.
That would rule him out of United’s opening Premier League game of the season with the Red Devils facing Crystal Palace next weekend.
Though there is potential that Fernandes could be given an exemption from quarantine as an elite sportsman.
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Under DCMS guidance, players are allowed to train and play without quarantining as long as they are entering the UK for the purposes of joining an elite sporting environment.
Fernandes is already set to miss the Manchester United’s final pre-season friendly against Aston Villa this weekend.
He had posted on Instagram: “September 6, 2020, when many thought that at the end of the national team's game that Bruno Fernandes had not scored a goal they were wrong!
“Today, 38 weeks and 6 days ago, I scored one of the most important goals of my life and had to wait a distance of almost 9 months, anxious to see the ball hit the back of the net.
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“When the game was over many of you said "you didn't score a goal", but you were wrong because despite the final whistle, one of the two best shots I ever took in my career was about to go in, but not without the delegate calling me for anti-doping right after the game.
“After those moments plus a few hours, behold! the ball went in – or in this specific case Goncalo de Pinho Fernandes decided it was time for his father to score the second important goal in his life!
“And so at 00:39 on the 6th of September my wife @anaapinho_ once again made our life gain even more life.”
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