Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer has hinted that the club could prevent Bruno Fernandes from representing Portugal later this month.
United seems to be following the footsteps of Premier League champions Liverpool, who will not encourage players to travel to foreign matches in March if they must return to quarantine.
On Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp announced that they will take advantage of FIFA’s decision to allow clubs to bar players from entering their countries if they are affected by the regulations.
Under the new coronavirus recommendations for arrivals from red-list travel-ban nations, some Liverpool first-teamers could be forced to stay in a hotel for ten days.
Diogo Jota, a Portugal international teammate of Fernandes, is among those who will be affected.
“We haven’t sat down and made a proper decision on that one,” Solskjaer said after the goalless draw at Crystal Palace in midweek. “But it doesn’t make sense if you lose your player for 10 days’ isolation.”
“We pay the players, and from what I understand, FIFA has given them the rule that they don’t have to be released, so I would think that would be a difficult decision to make – to let them go and play in red-list countries.”
If Fernandes plays for Portugal against Azerbaijan, Serbia, or Luxembourg, he could miss up to three United games between March 3 and April 10.
The Norwegian continued, ” “Of course, I want Bruno to be ready for Brighton, and hopefully we’ll be through in Europe and ready to face Tottenham after the break. I do.”
Another player who could be affected is Brazil defender Alex Telles, and if Uruguayan Edinson Cavani had not been serving a two-match international suspension, he could have added to Solskjaer’s problems in this area.