Edinson Cavani and Fred. Credit: Getty.
Manchester United look set to be without Fred and Edinson Cavani for their next Premier League match, which takes place against Leicester City on Saturday 16 October.
The pair, who have both been called up by their respective countries over the current international break, are set to be involved in Brazil v Uruguay, a World Cup qualifier that takes place at 1.30am (UK time) on Friday 15 October.
As reported by BBC Sport’s Simon Stone, that gives little room for them to make the trip to Leicester, which is just 38 hours later.
This is the second consecutive international break where players travelling to South America have faced issues returning in time for the next Premier League game.
Last month, the FAs in Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Mexico tried to stop their players representing their respective Premier League clubs, after they were prevented from abroad travelling due to quarantine issues. Meanwhile, four Argentinian players had to stop in Croatia to avoid isolating upon their return to the UK.
However, players travelling during the current international window will avoid quarantining as long as they have received both jabs of their Covid-19 vaccine.
How will United line up without Fred & Cavani?
Both players started in United’s last game, the 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to make at least two alterations to his starting line-up.
In midfield, Fred will likely be replaced with Paul Pogba or Nemanja Matic, depending on the Red Devils’ approach to the game.
As for Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo could come in for the No.21, while Mason Greenwood or Anthony Martial may start up front.