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The playmaker’s club has the ability to prevent you from participating in the World Cup qualifiers later this month.
Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that he could prevent Bruno Fernandes from representing Portugal in the World Cup qualifiers later this month.
Due to UK government coronavirus restrictions, if he were to report for international service, Fernandes would be forced to quarantine for 10 days upon return.
That would force United’s playmaker to miss two key games, an outcome Solskjaer is eager to avoid.
What has been said?
Speaking after United’s 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Wednesday, Solskjaer said: “We didn’t sit around and make a proper decision on that, but it doesn’t make sense if you lose your player for 10 days of isolation, of course.” It is not like this.
“We are the ones who pay the players and, from what I understand, FIFA has given the rules that they do not have to be released.”
“So I think it will be a difficult decision to let them go and play in red list countries, yes.
“I want Bruno of course ready against Brighton and I hope we finish in Europe and against Tottenham after that break, of course we are.”
What games could Bruno miss?
Portugal will face Azerbaijan on March 24 and Serbia on March 27.
With Portugal in the Red list of countries with UK travel ban, Fernandes would be forced to miss United’s Premier League matches against Brighton on April 3 and Tottenham on April 10 should he travel for international reasons.
How important is Bruno for Manchester United?
Solskjaer’s side has come to rely heavily on the Portugal star, who has helped the club to second place in the Premier League.
The midfielder has 22 goals and 13 assists for United this season in all competitions.