The UK government has rejected Manchester United’s request for Cristiano Ronaldo to be exempt from isolation, according to Manchester Evening News.
Following the rejection from the UK government, Ronaldo must isolate for five days before he is allowed to train with Manchester United.
Ronaldo will have to test negative for COVID-19 on the second and fifth day of his return in order to be released from isolation and then be allowed to train with his new teammates.
After scoring a brace for Portugal in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Ireland on Tuesday night, Portugal head coach Fernando Santos agreed to release Ronaldo from international duty early so he could travel to England.
Ronaldo is banned for Portugal’s next qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday after he was booked against Ireland for taking off his shirt.
Ronaldo is expected to arrive in Manchester on Friday, meaning he won’t be able to join training with United until Wednesday at the earliest.