Brazil’s team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has said that Manchester United’s first summer signing Fred has suffered a “trauma in his ankle” whilst training ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro put in a strong challenge and caused Fred to leave Brazil training early in quite a lot of pain with what did look like an ankle problem at the time, as an ice pack was noticeably being held there.
Man United announced on Tuesday that a fee, thought to be £49m, has been agreed with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar for the 25-year-old, who passed a medical at the Aon Training Complex and agreed personal terms at the start of the week.
“It all depends on the answer tomorrow. If tomorrow he continues in pain and some signal makes us more alert, we may need an imaging examination, but there is no strategy whether it will be here or in Austria.
“He has had an ankle trauma, but it is still too early for any evaluation, he has already begun the recovery work, he had that part in real pain. It’s early for any diagnosis, we need to wait for more. The first 24 hours are crucial.”
Brazil have been training at Tottenham Hotspur’s Enfield Training Centre before flying out to Russia for the final preparations ahead of their first match of the tournament against Switzerland.
Fred will hopefully be fully fit when he links up with his new United team-mates for the time during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.