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Blow for Man United as key star could be forced into quarantine ahead of season opener

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Bruno Fernandes could be forced into quarantine after birth of second child

According to the Daily Star, Manchester United superstar Bruno Fernandes could miss the club’s first game of the season, as he could be quarantined ahead of the fixture.

Manchester United kick things off with a home game against Crystal Palace one week from today. The Red Devils have been afforded an extra week off after the club’s run in last season’s UEFA Europa League.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have to do without star playmaker Bruno Fernandes for the game.

As per the report, Fernandes spent the past week with his partner Ana Pinho in Portugal, as she gave birth to his son last Sunday.

Bruno Fernandes could miss United's first game of the season
Bruno Fernandes could miss United’s first game of the season

This came hours after he was involved in Portugal’s UEFA Nations League win against Croatia. It is believed that he stayed back in his homeland post the international fixtures and hasn’t returned to Carrington. (h/t Daily Star)

However, the UK Government put Portugal back on the quarantine list due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases. As per the rules, any traveller arriving from mainland Portugal will have to quarantine. (h/t Daily Star)

And, this could mean that the 25-year-old Fernandes could be forced into quarantine for a 14-day period. This would effectively rule him out of the Crystal Palace game. (h/t Daily Star)

However, the report does add that there is a provision under which he could be exempted from quarantine. 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.

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Fernandes joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window. His arrival changed the fortunes of the team as he drove us to third place in the Premier League.

Hopefully, he will not miss our first game against Palace amid concerns that Paul Pogba might also be unavailable.