Man United confirm Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw have returned to training in double boost ahead of huge Champions League last-16 second leg showdown against Atletico Madrid after pair both missed Tottenham win due to Covid
- Manchester United host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday
- The scoreline is 1-1 on aggregate after Anthony Elanga’s late equaliser for United
- Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw are hoping to be fit for the Old Trafford clash
Manchester United have been bolstered ahead of their Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid with the return of Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw to training.
The pair both missed the Red Devils’ 3-2 Premier League win over Tottenham on Saturday due to coronavirus and there were concerns they could miss Tuesday’s last-16 second leg with Atletico due as a result too.
However, those fears appear to have been allayed after the duo were spotted arriving for training on Monday morning.
Bruno Fernandes drove into Manchester United training on Monday after overcoming Covid
Luke Shaw was also spotted doing likewise after missing Saturday’s win vs Tottenham due to it
United interim boss Ralf Rangnick then confirmed Fernandes’ ability in his pre-match press conference after recovering from Covid, stating: ‘He tested negative yesterday and that was the reason he could train today.’
Fernandes and Shaw drove into the club’s Carrington base as preparations continue for Tuesday night. The Red Devils later confirmed that both did take part in training.
The tie is delicately poised at 1-1 after Anthony Elanga cancelled out Joao Felix’s opener late on to restore parity for United.
Speaking about the availability of Fernandes and Shaw, interim United boss Ralf Rangnick admitted that the former is in a ‘last-minute’ race to be for the return leg at Old Trafford.
‘Luke hopefully will be back in training Monday and Bruno we will have to wait and see until Tuesday,’ he said post-match on Saturday.
Shaw started the Champions League last-16 first leg against Atletico Madrid which ended 1-1
‘This will probably be a last-minute race with him – due to Covid-19.
‘We have to be careful with COVID-19 tests. David [de Gea] was the same. David yesterday was out, he was not supposed to play but then it turned out that his first fast test was false.’
If Fernandes did miss out then it would be a big blow to Rangnick with the Portuguese playmkaer having scored nine goals and provided 14 assists so far this season in all competitions.
Fernandes has scored nine goals and provided 14 assists for the Red Devils so far this season