Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out of Man Utd’s Carabao Cup clash vs Aston Villa due to ‘illness’

    CRISTIANO RONALDO was ruled out of Manchester United’s Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa due to illness, according to boss Erik ten Hag.

    The 38-year-old was completely absent from the squad for the third-round clash at Old Trafford.

    Cristiano Ronaldo played against Aston Villa on Sunday but missed out tonight


    Cristiano Ronaldo played against Aston Villa on Sunday but missed out tonightCredit: PA

    The manager named a slightly-weakened side ahead of the club’s final pre-World Cup Premier League game at Fulham on Sunday.

    But it was announced only before the game that one of the Red Devils’ biggest stars would miss out.

    Ten Hag insisted illness was the issue and it had nothing to do with the fast-approaching World Cup.

    The Dutchman told Sky Sports: “[He has a] illness. So not available.

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    “It’s difficult to say [whether he will be available for Fulham] how he recovers.”

    When the reporter pressed ten Hag on whether the World Cup had anything to do with Ronaldo’s absence, the boss insisted simply: “No, illness.”

    Ronaldo was named in Portugal’s World Cup squad earlier in the day along with his United team-mates Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot.

    Players around Europe have one final weekend of domestic action to get through before jetting off for Qatar.

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    Many will be hoping they don’t fall victim to last minute injuries which has affected a whole host of stars.

    Despite Ronaldo’s absence, Man Utd managed to beat Aston Villa 4-2.

    Their reward is a fourth round tie against Vincent Kompany’s Burnley.


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