Cristiano Ronaldo was not present with the Manchester United squad at the Lowry Hotel on Friday ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester City at Old Trafford.
The 37-year-old helped Portugal qualify for the 2022 World Cup during the recent international break, and Red Devils interim head coach Ralf Rangnick did not mention that the attacker could be unavailable for the match against Leicester during Friday’s press conference.
However, Ronaldo was not pictured by the Manchester Evening News at the Lowry Hotel on Friday, placing his spot in the squad against the Foxes in severe doubt.
Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant, though, with the report claiming that could be the reason for his absence.
The forward has been in strong goalscoring form for Man United this season, finding the back of the net on 18 occasions in 32 appearances in all competitions, in addition to contributing three assists.
He has now missed the opportunity to break a Premier League goalscoring record held by Gianfranco Zola.
In Premier League history, only Zola has netted more goals in a single campaign aged 36 or over, with the Italian registering 14 for Chelsea in 2002-03.
However, there remains widespread speculation surrounding his future, with the Portuguese thought to be considering leaving Old Trafford at the end of the current campaign.