Fred: The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder

Man United-bound Fred injured in Brazil training – Selecao doctor provides update

The doctor for the Brazilian national team has this evening provided an update on the ankle injury picked up by Manchester United-bound midfielder Fred.

Class act

Fred, 25, has been plying his club trade in the Ukraine since 2013, when he joined Shakhtar Donetsk from Internacional.

The technically-gifted South American, who can play either in an orthodox central midfield role or an attacking midfield role, has gone on to establish himself as one of the most in-demand stars in Europe over the last couple of seasons, with his performances during Shakhtar’s run to the Champions League’s last-16 this past season having seen some of the giants of the Premier League add their names to Fred’s list of admirers.

Done deal

Manchester United and Manchester City had long been the two sides most heavily touted as a potential destination for the Selecao star, with reports in England since the turn of the year having suggested that the fierce rivals were set to enter into another bidding war this summer, following the January saga surrounding Alexis Sanchez.

LVIV, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 17: Fred and Frank Ribery during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Donbass Arena on February 17, 2015 in Lviv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

But, as reported by a number of outlets last week and confirmed by Manchester United themselves yesterday afternoon, the Red Devils once again outbid their city rivals to secure a deal for Fred, with a deal worth around £50 million having been agreed with Shakhtar:

Crocked

But, just a day after his move to Old Trafford was essentially confirmed, Fred was brought back down to earth in a major way this afternoon, after a challenge with Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro in Brazil training forced the 25-year-old out for the remainder of the session.

And Rodrigo Lasmar, the national team doctor for the Selecao, has this evening provided an update on Fred’s status:

‘Fred had a right ankle trauma and started recovery work, he still has pain and it is too early to do any diagnosis, we have to wait for the first 24 hours.’

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