Manchester United

Fred & Alex Telles test positive for Covid-19

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Losing Fred is a real blow
Losing Fred is a real blow / Visionhaus/GettyImages
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Fred and Alex Telles have both tested positive for coronavirus, ruling them out of Manchester United's Premier League match against Burnley on Tuesday.

Telles did not feature against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Friday night and it later emerged that this was due to him returning a positive Covid-19 test. Fred came on as a substitute in that game but United have since confirmed he will be joining his compatriot in quarantine.

Ralf Rangnick spoke about the pair's absence in his pre-match press conference, saying: "Yeah, we have two players missing."

"Alex Telles already missed the cup game because he tested COVID positive last week and, unfortunately, the same thing happened today with Fred. That’s why he will be missing from tomorrow’s game and possibly even the game against Southampton."

The duo's absence is a blow to Rangnick ahead of what is a must-win game for his side. United's season is currently under threat of fizzling out, after they crashed out of the FA Cup on penalties.

With the Red Devils 19 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, the Champions League now represents their only chance of winning a trophy.

The take on Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of that competition later this month, with the second leg set to be played in March.


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