Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick is hopeful Bruno Fernandes will be back in contention to face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after being ruled out to face Tottenham on Saturday. The Portugal international was unavailable for selection against Spurs after falling ill on Friday.
There were mixed reports that a Covid outbreak had hit Carrington, but Rangnick appeared to confirm that Fernandes’ absence wasn’t related to any positive coronavirus test.
But United face a quick turnaround after the game against Tottenham as they host Atletico little over 72 hours later.
Rangnick confirmed Fernandes’ illness before the game against Spurs, but he is hopeful the midfielder can come back to face Atletico.
“Bruno got ill yesterday, he couldn’t train and he cannot play, hopefully he’ll be back for Tuesday but today he is out,” Rangnick told MUTV.
David de Gea looked set to miss out against Tottenham after he returned a positive Covid test on Friday.
But it was later confirmed that it was a false positive, meaning De Gea was fine to face Antonio Conte’s side.
“We had a false positive test on David last night but we decided to have a second test,” Rangnick added.
“That was negative, then a PCR was negative and that’s why we can play him.”
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