Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from Man United squad to face Leicester explained

An explanation for the impending absence of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United’s matchday squad to take on Leicester City has been provided.

For those not aware, the name of veteran hitman Ronaldo took its place front and centre in the headlines late last night.

This came as murmurs began to spread online that the 37-year-old was not part of the group of Red Devils stars to have convened at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester ahead of their upcoming meeting with the aforementioned Leicester.

And now, on Saturday afternoon, as much has been confirmed.

As per the reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic, Ronaldo will play no part in this evening's action at Old Trafford.

This comes with the former Real Madrid man suffering with a bout of illness, the extent of which is yet to be revealed:

Cavani ruled out

Word of Ronaldo’s absence against Leicester, of course, couldn’t come at a much more inopportune moment for Manchester United.

This comes with the club’s other senior centre-forward option, in the form of Edinson Cavani, having returned from international duty with Uruguay this week in possession of an injury.

Speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, Ralf Rangnick confirmed that the 35-year-old is set to spend ‘the next couple of weeks’ on the sidelines, owing to a calf problem:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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