Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Portugal. He is the only player in the squad who has the virus though with the likes of Manchester United ace Bruno Fernandes returning a negative test.
The Portuguese Football Federation released a statement on their website confirming Ronaldo’s test result.
It read: “Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the work of the National Team after a positive test for COVID-19, so he will not face Sweden.
“The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation.
“Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol.
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“The game, counting for the qualification phase of the League of Nations, is scheduled for Wednesday, at 19:45, in Alvalade.”
Ronaldo will miss Portugal’s match against Sweden as a result.
Pictures of the Juventus superstar having dinner with his team-mates were posted on his Instagram on Monday evening with no social distancing.
Portugal players will be tested again over the next few days and will hope Ronaldo is an isolated case.
Fernandes has been key for Manchester United since he joined from Sporting Lisbon in January.
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The Red Devils return to action on Saturday in the Premier League when they take on Newcastle (3pm).
Ronaldo is now set to miss Juventus’ Serie A clash away to Crotone on Saturday.
Juve then play away at Dynamo Kiev next Tuesday in the first group game of the Champions League.
Ronaldo has scored three goals in his first two Serie A appearances of the campaign.
Meanwhile, United will be without Edinson Cavani for Saturday’s game against Newcastle as he is still in quarantine.
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The Uruguay ace has given some advice to those already at the club though.
“Look, I don’t think that there’s any better advice than simply working hard on a football pitch or in a training session,” he told the club’s website.
“Because you don’t win any game by just turning up and walking out on the field. You start to win the game during the training sessions, you start to win the game by how you prepare for it.
“My aim as I arrive here is I’m very keen to make myself available to my team-mates. After that, it depends on each individual, what they want to take on board and what they want to leave alone.”
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