Edinson Cavani Quarantine Likely to Delay Manchester United Debut

Cavani Quarantine

Having joined Manchester United on transfer deadline day, Edinson Cavani will no doubt be eager to make his debut.

It appears he will not be doing that at St. James’ Park against Newcastle United on October 17.

Cavani Quarantine to Delay Manchester United Debut

Manchester United Seeking Further Clarification

As reported by The Times’ Paul Hirst, Cavani has been living in France since leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

He has only left the country for a brief trip to Ibiza, however, has not been living in a ‘bubble’ or been regularly tested as he would have been had he still been contracted to the Ligue 1 champions.

This would mean that under UK government coronavirus guidelines Cavani would have to quarantine for 14 days, Hirst reports.

Elite athletes are exempt from that rule, but that is only usually applicable when that player has been in and around a bubble, where he would be regularly tested. Because Cavani hasn’t, it looks like he will have to quarantine.

Should he, he will likely miss Manchester United’s game against Newcastle, where his presence would have been handy, with Anthony Martial serving a three-match ban for his red card in Sunday’s embarrassing 6-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

Hirst adds that Manchester United are seeking further clarification on the matter. So it is possible an exemption is made, but for now, United will have to plan for that game without the Uruguay international.

Cavani Considered Quitting the Sport

Cavani recently spoke to Argentine radio programme Dos de Punta (via Mail) about his struggles with coronavirus.

“Of course I considered the idea of quitting football,” Cavani said.

“It is true that I managed that option and that possibility to stop playing and stay in the countryside, dedicate myself to my life in the countryside.

“We have suffered through the coronavirus with my family and with my girlfriend. The truth is that it was bad because of the fear that it awakens. Thank god we recovered well and evolved well and here we are.”

Cavani Debut Could Come Against Paris Saint-Germain After Quarantine Period

If Cavani does miss the Premier League game against Newcastle, he would be able to make his return to football against his former club Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League group stages. United meet the French side at Parc des Princes on October 20, when Cavani’s quarantine period will be over. Though he hasn’t actually played much football for a while, so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may resist any temptation to start him. His Premier League debut would then likely come against Chelsea at Old Trafford, in what is a crucial run of fixtures for a United side desperate for some big results.

Cavani will sport the famous number seven shirt during his time at Old Trafford.


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