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.
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.
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.
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:
#MUFC is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Fred.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 5, 2018
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.
— Manchester United (@MUFCScoop) June 7, 2018
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.’