Manchester United are cautiously monitoring Bruno Fernandes’ condition ahead of Thursday’s pivotal Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, club informed ESPN.
Fernandes suffered ankle injury in the first half of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Brighton & Hove Albion as Erik ten Hag’s side prevailed 7–6 on penalties after a goalless draw.
Sources disclosed that substituting Fernandes at halftime was deliberated upon when injured, but his determination to continue prevailed. Eventually, Fernandes was replaced in first half of extra time.
The Portuguese midfielder departed Wembley Stadium limping but without protective boots. ESPN stated he will train with the team this week and medical evaluation on Monday will determine if he can feature against Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
United trail Spurs by nine points with two matches remaining, so victory would substantially boost top four prospects.
Ten Hag covets Fernandes’ presence. In four games without the 28-year-old Fernandes starting this season, United have lost three, including 3–0 defeat to Sevilla ending their Europa League campaign.
Meanwhile, United hope Rafael Varane qualifies for the May 31 FA Cup final against cross-town rivals Manchester City.
The Frenchman has missed last three matches and will miss at least until then but expected to return for final game.
With Varane absent against Brighton, Luke Shaw playing central defense alongside Victor Lindelof, the English defender articulated United must swiftly rebound after Europa League exit in Spain.
‘I don’t think things will settle down’ With Shaw central alongside Lindelof versus Brighton, the English defender stresses United must rapidly bounce back after Europa League exit in Spain.
“I don’t think this solves things but Champions League is essential for us and Manchester derby in FA Cup final unbelievable game, so we can end season on a high.”
“The big Europa League match, and of course this game, has defined our season. If knocked out from both, as you say, the season will [change].”
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