Friday, 17 August, 2018

Manchester United midfielder Fred suffers 'ankle trauma' in Brazil training

Willian: What new Man United signing told me about his transfer World Cup 2018: Manchester United-bound Fred injures ankle during training
Sidney Guerrero | 14 June, 2018, 02:02

The Red Devils have announced they have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the midfielder.

Fred tried to remain on the pitch but could not continue and was treated with ice on the sidelines.

Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said: "Today Fred had trauma in his ankle but it is too early to say anything about it". Although the severity of the injury is now unknown, this could be a blow to his hopes of taking part in the World Cup. "He started working out right after".

There was better news for Brazil, however, as star forward Neymar was added to coach Tite's main formation on Thursday.

Brazil will face their last friendly of the season against Austria On Sunday before traveling to the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Elsewhere in Tite's side, Neymar will start his first global game since November on Sunday.

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But Neymar returned to form in fine style last week, scoring at Anfield after coming off the bench against Croatia.

Brazil talisman Neymar is the most probable replacement for Fred in midfield against Austria in Vienna but the South American's will be sweating on Fred's fitness as he has improved tremendously over the past few seasons.

Brazil's first World Cup game takes place on June 17 against Switzerland.

Reports indicate that United have made a £50 million+ investment in the Brazilian, so today's news from his country's global training session is extremely alarming to United and their fan base.

But Marcelo told reporters: "This is the World Cup".

Brazil's two-week training camp in London ends on Friday, when the team travels to Austria for the friendly.

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