Manchester United players have returned to training after last week’s Covid-19 outbreak in the first-team squad

Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay, Fred, Mason Greenwood, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata were among the players who reported at the club’s Carrington training complex on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Diogo Dalot, Jadon Sancho, Phil Jones, Tom Heaton, and Dean Henderson were among those not accounted for.

Club sources have said the return of players will be ‘staggered’ in the run-up to Monday’s Premier League fixture at Newcastle. United manager Ralf Rangnick is due to hold his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

The first-team operations at Carrington were closed last Tuesday before they reopened on Wednesday and Thursday. After United’s game against Brighton was postponed on Thursday afternoon, Carrington remained closed to the first-team players until today.

Both of United’s Premier League fixtures against Brentford and Brighton were postponed last week, two of nine top-flight fixtures that were called off following Covid-19 outbreaks in squads.

United have played 16 of their 38 Premier League games and it is unclear when the away game at Brentford and home match against Brighton would be staged.

The Premier League confirmed yesterday the season would not be suspended to combat the spread of Covid-19, with rates soaring because of the virulent Omicron variant.

In a statement, the Premier League said: “It was confirmed at a Premier League club meeting today that while recognising a number of clubs are experiencing Covid-19 outbreaks and challenges, it is the League’s collective intention to continue the current fixture schedule where safely possible.

“The health and wellbeing of all concerned remains our priority and the League will continue to monitor and reflect public health guidance, always proceeding with caution.

“A range of issues were discussed at this afternoon’s meeting, including the adaption of the Premier League Covid-19 postponement process in response to the impact of the Omicron variant.

“The League also confirmed to its clubs today that 92 per cent of players and club staff have received one, two or three Covid-19 vaccination doses, with 84 per cent of players on the vaccination journey.

“Players who have had one or two doses are required to wait for the appropriate time period before receiving either their second or booster vaccinations.

“The League continues to work with clubs to encourage vaccination among players and club staff, as well as promoting the government’s public health vaccination messaging to clubs and the wider public.

“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League, and player vaccination rates will now be publicly communicated at the end of each month, beginning in January.”

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