Manchester United have suffered a potential setback ahead of their Premier League clash with Newcastle United after it was revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo may not be available to play.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner made a dramatic return to his former club in the closing stages of the summer transfer window after flirting with the prospect of joining United’s local rivals Manchester City.
After returning from international duty early due to a yellow card picked up against the Republic of Ireland which saw Ronaldo suspended for his nation’s subsequent World Cup qualifier; the 36-year-old was expected to make his second Red Devils debut over the weekend.
However, according to The Sun, the United fans may have to wait until Tuesday to catch a glimpse of their returning hero as he will have only had one day’s training with his teammates after having to isolate for five days due to Covid regulations.
The Old Trafford outfit may have picked up a very respectable seven points from a possible nine in the opening weeks of the new Premier League campaign, but unconvincing performances against Southampton and Wolves have left a lot of work to be done.
Therefore, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be absolutely gutted that he may not be able to call upon Ronaldo’s services when the Magpies come to visit on Saturday afternoon.
It’s claimed that after the Norwegian tactician gave fellow summer signing Raphael Varane two weeks to settle into his new surroundings, it’s unlikely that Ronaldo will be thrown into the starting XI after such a short time to adjust.
United’s relatively low-key Champions League group stage clash against BSC Young Boys in midweek has instead been outlined as the date when the Portuguese legend may be seen turning out for the 20-time English champions once again, something everyone associated with the club will be eagerly anticipating.