Bruno Fernandes will not have to self-isolate following Cristiano Ronaldo's positive coronavirus test, handing a boost to Manchester United.
The Juventus superstar 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 reports in Portugal claimed that 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.
However The Telegraph has claimed that isn't the case and Fernandes should be available for the weekend clash with Newcastle.
The publication cited the case of Kieran Tierney, who is set to miss Arsenal's return to action this weekend as he is being forced to self-isolate.
The Scotland defender is deemed to have had close contact with teammate Stuart Armstrong during international duty.
But Fernandes and his Portugal teammates are not understood to have had close contact with Ronaldo indoors, and it seems they have been given the green light to avoid a quarantine.
It's no doubt huge news for Manchester United and their Premier League rivals, 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).
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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.
The Red Devils have endured a miserable start to the season, losing two of their opening three games of the Premier League campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle on Saturday night before face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League next Tuesday.
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