Blow to Manchester United as Cristiano Ronaldo set to miss Fulham clash

Blow to Manchester United as Cristiano Ronaldo set to miss Fulham clash

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo could miss Manchester United’s final game before the World Cup break
  • The Portuguese superstar is reportedly down with illness, and might not make the squad to face Fulham on Sunday, November 13
  • He was conspicuously absent from United’s emphatic 4-2 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is a huge doubt for his side's clash against Fulham on Sunday, November 13.

Ronaldo, who also missed his side’s Carabao Cup Third round clash against Aston Villa in midweek, is reportedly down with illness, one week to the World Cup.

United boss Ten Hag confirmed during midweek that Ronaldo was missing against the Villains as he was ill, and reports from The Sun now suggest he might not be match fit in time for the clash against Marco Silva’s side.

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on November 6, 2022. Photo by Matthew Ashton.
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Ronaldo missed training again - an indication that he might not have made a full recovery.

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The only good news for Ten Hag is the return of Anthony Martial, who featured and scored in midweek.

The Frenchman is now expected to lead Manchester United’s forward line in Ronaldo’s absence at Craven Cottage.

"I can't guarantee that [Cristiano will be available] now, but today he was ill. Ten Hag told Manchester United’s media.

"He can recover from that, it's not really a serious illness that takes days or weeks, so I think it's possible that he is available for Sunday and he will be in the squad."

Ronaldo’s absence from the Fulham game will be a huge boost for Portugal ahead of the World Cup as it means he will avoid a potential injury, days to the global spectacle.

The Qatar World Cup will possibly be Ronaldo’s last as he aims to make a significant impact for his nation with the one trophy that has eluded him in his career.

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