The British Government has rejected Manchester United's request to exempt Cristiano Ronaldo from the mandatory self-isolation of five days.
Its implication is that the former Juventus star must isolate for five days like any other person flying from Portugal to the UK before he is allowed to train with Manchester United upon his return to the club in late August.
Ronaldo completed a move back to Old Trafford after 12 years away from the club on Transfer Deadline Day, signing a two-year contract with the option of a third after United agreed a €15 million fee with Juventus for him.
The former Real Madrid forward is expected to arrive in England on Friday after leaving the Portuguese National Team camp, meaning he won't be able to join training with United until Wednesday at the earliest — just three days before their next Premier League clash against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
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