Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Manchester United could refuse to let some of their key players go away on international duty later this month.
United have the power to prevent any of their players from attending national team matches in the March international break if they would then need to quarantine upon their return to the United Kingdom.
Bruno Fernandes is one such player who would be affected by strict coronavirus restrictions and would need to undergo a 10-day quarantine period upon his return to England if he were to go away with the Portuguese national side.
The UK government has added countries in South America, Africa and Europe to the quarantine list, meaning people would be required to isolate in a hotel room upon their return to the country.
Earlier in the day Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed he will block his top stars from travelling with their countries if a quarantine period is required and now Solskjaer has hinted at a similar approach.
“It doesn’t make sense to travel when we’re paying them if they have to come back and be away for ten days,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “It is a chat we will have with the players.”
Were Fernandes to play for Portugal against Azerbaijan on March 24 and travel to face Serbia and Luxembourg on March 27 and 31 respectively he would miss United’s Premier League games against Brighton on April 3 and away to Tottenham on April 10.
Football’s world governing body announced that clubs will be able to stop players from travelling to represent their national sides if it will require them to quarantine when they get back, meaning many foreign Premier League stars could miss out on featuring in World Cup qualifiers next month.
Premier League clubs are currently in the dark over whether or not their players will be given any government exemption to take part in international fixtures being held in ‘red list’ countries.
The government has so far refused to offer one for sports stars, even if they remain in a bubble.