Wednesday 20 February 2019

Tearful Ronaldo in danger of missing United reunion after Juve red card

Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus reacts after his red card during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Valencia and Juventus at Estadio Mestalla on September 19, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus reacts after his red card during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Valencia and Juventus at Estadio Mestalla on September 19, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Jamie Holland

Cristiano Ronaldo could miss an expected return to Old Trafford with Juventus after being sent off for the first time in his Champions League career.

The Portuguese superstar was making his first appearance for Juventus in the competition but saw red in the 29th minute of the 2-0 win over Valencia for an off-the-ball incident in the penalty area and left the pitch in tears.

A main focus of the draw was Ronaldo's new team being placed in the same group as his former club Manchester United. He stands to miss Juventus' next game at home to Young Boys on October 2 but if UEFA increases the suspension, which is typical for an offence of violent conduct, he will have to sit out one or both of the matches against United.

Jose Mourinho's side host their Italian rivals on the third match day on October 23 before heading to Turin two weeks later.

Irish Independent

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