Man Utd stars Fred and Alex Telles test positive for Covid and are ruled out of Burnley clash


MANCHESTER UNITED duo Fred and Alex Telles have been ruled out of Tuesday’s clash with Burnley after testing positive for coronavirus.

Brazilian left-back Telles missed Friday night’s shocking FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough and it has since emerged it was due to Covid reasons.

Telles is isolating after testing positive for Covid

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Telles is isolating after testing positive for CovidCredit: Getty
Fred will also miss the game after contracting Covid

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Fred will also miss the game after contracting CovidCredit: Getty

Fred, who came on as a substitute in the loss to the Championship side, has subsequently tested positive too and could also miss the Southampton clash at the weekend.

The pair will now be forced to self-isolate, in accordance with government guidelines.

Confirming that the duo are out of the game, manager Ralf Rangnick said: “Yeah we have two players missing.

“Alex Telles already missed the cup game because he tested Covid positive last week and, unfortunately, the same thing happened today with Fred.

“That’s why he will be missing from tomorrow’s game and possibly even the game against Southampton.”

With Fred absent for the game at Turf Moor, Rangnick highlighted the importance of Paul Pogba’s return to fitness.

“Those things happen and that’s why it’s even more important to have a player like Paul Pogba now available again,” he added.

Jesse Lingard, Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani are also available for Prem clash after missing the Middlesbrough game.

Man Utd are looking to return to winning ways after the shock FA Cup exit.

The Red Devils sit fourth in the Premier League table, one point ahead of West Ham.

Before the winter break, they secured back-to-back league victories against Brentford and the Hammers.

Man Utd have lost just one out of eight Prem games since Rangnick took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December.

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