Manchester United have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is back in Carrington after completing his period of self-isolation.
The 36-year-old, who signed a two-year contract last week, had to spend five days in isolation after returning to the United Kingdom from Portugal before the weekend.
United have now released images of Ronaldo with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, raising hopes that he will be in contention to make his second debut for the club on Saturday.
Newcastle United are the visitors to Old Trafford and Ronaldo is set to join up with his new teammates ahead of his highly anticipated return.
According to the club’s official update, after the Portuguese legend met up with Solskjaer, he was introduced to United’s players and joined in their session.
That should give him ample time to get up to speed, a week on from breaking the international men’s scoring record.
His dramatic injury time brace against Republic of Ireland – his 110th and 111th goals for the Selecao – took Ronaldo past Ali Daei as the most prolific goalscorer in men’s international football history.
After receiving a late caution for his celebrations, Ronaldo was suspended for Portugal’s qualifier against Azerbaijan tonight.
That allowed him to fly back to the UK early and begin isolating as per the current Government guidelines.
Old Trafford bosses had hoped for an exemption, considering he was moving from one elite sports bubble to another, but that was denied, forcing him to go through the same procedure as any other traveller.
Ronaldo has been spending his time with his family, whilst carrying out an individual program to ensure he remains in top shape.
He will now be able to link-up with Solskjaer, who he has assured can rely on him for anything during his second spell at the club he won his first Ballon d’Or with.
“Well, we had a chat, but of course I’m going to have time to speak with him face to face, to know what he expects,” Ronaldo said last week.
“As you know, I played with him for two or three years at Manchester United so I have a good relationship with him but now with a different role, I’m a player and he’s a coach.
“But it doesn’t matter, my relationship with him is great and as I say before, I’m there in Manchester to help the team achieve his results and the coach can count on me for whatever he wants. So I’m available for everything.”
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