How are Manchester United-bound Fred's World Cup chances looking?

Fred was injured during Brazil's training session in London on Thursday

Fred was injured during Brazil's training session in London on Thursday

Latest Red Devils player Fred has sustained an injury which will rule him out of Brazil's friendly against Austria.

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But the right back was admittedly the less exciting acquisition of the two, after United agreed a deal to bring a Brazil midfielder to Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola was said to be convinced by Fred's talent when City came up against the Ukrainian outfit in the Champions League late previous year, so much so that within a fortnight the club opened talks over a potential deal. Fred featured for Brazil against Croatia at Anfield before moving to Manchester and securing a £47 million deal with the Premier League side.

Fred suffered a training ground injury on Thursday that Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar described as "trauma in his ankle".

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This would have been Fred's first World Cup tournament, having received seven caps for the national team since 2014.

Brazil talisman Neymar is the most probable replacement for Fred in midfield against Austria in Vienna but the South American's will be sweating on Fred's fitness as he has improved tremendously over the past few seasons.

Supporters can be rest assured that Mourinho knew exactly what he was doing when he signed the former Shakhtar Donetsk man and that it wasn't done just to get one over their rivals.

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