Mixed news for Man United: Jadon Sancho ruled with fitness concern/Ronaldo released from Portugal duty
A pair of altogether mixed updates on the personnel front have been forthcoming for Premier League giants Manchester United on Thursday.
The first surrounds summer addition Jadon Sancho.
Explosive wide-man Sancho of course finally completed a long-awaited move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund this summer, bringing an end to a saga spanning several years.
Following just a solitary start in the colours of the Red Devils, though, the 21-year-old was, as expected, called up for international duty by England boss Gareth Southgate.
And, unfortunately for his club, Sancho has since picked up a fitness concern.
After Southgate confirmed on Wednesday that the wide-man was struggling with a ‘knock’ picked up in training, it has since been revealed that Sancho will be unavailable to feature versus Hungary later this evening:
Jadon Sancho will miss England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary after picking up a knock in training.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 2, 2021
The 2nd piece of Manchester United personnel news to have surfaced on Thursday, though, will likely go down considerably better with the club’s boss.
Cristiano Ronaldo, like Sancho, linked up with the Reds this summer, returning to Manchester after spells in Spain and Italy with Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.
The Portuguese icon has yet to make his 2nd debut for the club, with his signing having only been made official earlier this week.
CR7, though, was back in action with his country on Wednesday, and what a night it proved.
A brace in a last-gasp comeback win over the Republic of Ireland saw the 36-year-old break his tie with Ali Daei as the highest goalscorer in the history of international football.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the highest ever men’s international goalscorer! pic.twitter.com/xyMsg4zCvk
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 1, 2021
Amid his celebrations on the back of a 96th-minute winner, however, Ronaldo removed his jersey, an act which saw the veteran booked, and subsequently suspended for Portugal’s next World Cup qualifier versus Azerbaijan next week.
Fernando Santos and co. have therefore agreed to release their star man from international duty a week early, good news for those Manchester United supporters hopeful of seeing Ronaldo line out in the club’s meeting with Newcastle United on the 11th of September.
Official: Cristiano Ronaldo has been released from the Portugal National Team camp this morning, the official statement confirms. pic.twitter.com/Op0KvBaqCr
— Vishy (@vishy_united) September 2, 2021
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