Ahead of their Monday clash against Maritimo, Sporting Lisbon manager Jorge Silas Fernandes has revealed that Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes will play in the fixture.
Since reports indicated that the midfielder had agreed on terms with United, Fernandes has played in successive Sporting's defeats by Benfica and Braga.
Silas revealed that the transfer speculations have not affected Fernandes' form, "I don't think one thing is linked to the other.
"I don't think our performances were bad; in terms of results, we missed many goals, especially against Porto and Benfica, and Bruno participated in those games.
"It has to do with effectiveness. It’s one thing to score goals and when you don’t make the display it’s another because you’ve lost.
"Nobody remembers what happened against Porto but I know, because I analysed the game, we didn't deserve to lose, just like against Benfica.
"It doesn't have to do with Bruno but with whether we put the ball in or not "