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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Could Prevent Manchester United Star From Playing for Portugal This Month

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to block Bruno Fernandes from going on international duty
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to block Bruno Fernandes from going on international duty / Stu Forster/Getty Images
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that he might prevent Bruno Fernandes from going on international duty with Portugal next month. According to UK coronavirus regulations, if Fernandes travels for international duty, he would be forced to quarantine for 10 days upon his return.

If he travels, Fernandes could miss two key matches for the Red Devils - Brighton on April 3 and Tottenham on April 10 - an outcome Solskjaer is keen to avoid. The Portugal international is one their key players, and has contributed with 40 goal involvements - 23 goals and 17 assists - in his 40 Premier League games, prior to the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

Solskjaer said: "We've not sat down and made a proper call on that one but it doesn't make sense if you lose your player for 10 days isolation.

"We're the ones paying the players and from what I understand that's the rule, FIFA have given the rules that they don't have to be released so I would think that's going to be a hard call to make to let them go and play in red list countries.

"I want Bruno ready against Brighton and hopefully that we're through in Europe and against Tottenham after that break."

FIFA have given clubs the power to withhold players from international duty in the current circumstances, and it seems highly likely United will look to use it.

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