Government rejects Cristiano Ronaldo’s quarantine exemption request

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal against France
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal against France

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his Premier League debut against Newcastle United later this month.

However, the 36-year-old could face a spell on the sidelines after returning from international duty.

According to reports, the government has rejected his quarantine exemption.

Ronaldo recently scored a brace against the Republic of Ireland and his injury-time double earned his country a dramatic victory in the World Cup qualifiers.

The player is set to miss his country’s next game against Azerbaijan because of a suspension and he has been allowed to travel to England to join up with his teammates at Manchester United.

Apparently, the Premier League giants applied for an ‘elite sport exemption’ for the player so that he does not have to quarantine for a longer period.

However, their request has been rejected.

As per the rules, the player will undergo a five day period of self-isolation and he will need to test negative on day two and day five in order to be released.

If things go according to plan, the Portuguese forward could be released next Wednesday and he could have a couple of training sessions before his debut against Newcastle.

The 36-year-old completed an emotional return to Old Trafford on deadline day from Juventus and the fans will be excited to see their star player in action soon.

It will be interesting to see if the player can clear the protocols set by the government in the next few days and join up with his club teammates.