Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has officially confirmed on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been released from Portugal squad
Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently on international duty with the Portugal squad for the UEFA Nations League, has been dismissed from the squad and will be absent from their upcoming fixture versus Sweden.
“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 FPF’s official statement was quoted by Mirror.
The Portuguese captain, who has not developed any symptoms, will now remain 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 the City of Football,” FPF’s statement further added.
The 35-year-old forward was recently seen together with his compatriots at dinner, with all players sitting in close contacts on a table. Ronaldo posted a group selfie on Instagram, with the caption “Unidos dentro e fora do campo! (United on and off the field!)”
Ronaldo led his team in yesterday’s goalless draw against France and at half-time was seen hugging Kylian Mbappé. Eduardo Camavinga, the teenage French midfielder also swapped shirts with the Portuguese skipper.
Several footballers contracted the virus in the past months of the pandemic, including Ronaldo’s Turin teammates Matuidi, Dybala and Rugani.
Cristiano Ronaldo can potentially miss the upcoming Juventus-Barcelona clash
The Old Lady talisman will possibly not start in Juventus’ Serie A matchup versus Crotone this Sunday, followed by the UEFA Champions League clash against Dynamo Kyiv on 20th October. However, there’s a chance that the veteran forward will also be ruled out of the highly anticipated UCL face-off against Barcelona on 29th October.