Man United told to keep Ronaldo away from teammates - Dinnery

By Ben Dinnery

7th Apr, 2022 | 6:00pm

Man United told to keep Cristiano Ronaldo away from teammates after 'disruptive' claim - expert

Man United must continue to keep Cristiano Ronaldo away from his teammates as he recovers from a potentially viral illness.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Ronaldo, 37, was not in the matchday squad for United’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City last Saturday (2 April).

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick told club media ahead of the clash that Ronaldo had experienced “flu-like symptoms” and had not trained with the team.

It is unclear whether the legendary Portuguese forward will return for the Red Devils’ visit to Everton on Saturday (9 April).

And Dinnery urged United to keep the all-time great away from Carrington lest the illness spread to his teammates and “disrupt” training.

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“It was absolutely the right decision,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“You want to keep him away from the group and maintain that level of isolation.

“The last thing you want is that spreading and other members of the squad being forced out.

“We have seen high instances of Covid-related absences and also a lot of gastroenteritis symptoms recently.

“While they aren’t necessarily at the high end in terms of severity, it can still knock you back two, three, or four days and disrupt your training.

“When you’re at this stage of the season and every game is a big game, you need to keep Ronaldo away and let him recover at home.”

Ronaldo has scored 18 goals and supplied three assists in 33 appearances in his second spell at Old Trafford.

A source close to United told Football Insider last Thursday (31 March) that it is expected that he will leave at the end of the season.

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