Portugal Coach Confirms Ronaldo Still Wants To Play Against Sweden Despite Having The Virus
Portugal coach Fernando Santos has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is in a good state after testing positive for coronavirus and still wants to play against Sweden.
It was shocking news for everyone globally on Tuesday after the Portuguese Football Federation reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive during the team’s latest round of tests for coronavirus and had been isolated.
Ronaldo is understood to be doing fine, having shown no symptoms of the disease so far and has equally received out-pouring support from his loved ones.
According to Italian forces, as per health precautions, Cristiano Ronaldo will be in self-isolation for at least 10 days. The news has come with a big price, meaning the 35-year old will not play a part in his country’s Nations League clash against Sweden on Wednesday night and Juventus’ next two games with Crotone and Dynamo Kyiv.
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There are still doubts on whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be match-fit for the Old Lady’s fixtures against Hella Verona on October 25 and Lionel Messi’s Barcelona on 28 October.
Portugal Coach Comments On Ronaldo’s Health
Following the heartbreaking news yesterday, there have been at least some positive news to take home as Portugal coach, Fernando Santos sheds light on Ronaldo’s health condition.
“I’m told he [Ronaldo] is doing well,” said the Portugal coach during a pre-match conference on Tuesday evening.
“Obviously from the time he did the re-test this morning, and it was confirmed – he went into isolation last night after he did the test, just like all the players.”
“Yesterday after taking the test the players went into their rooms. Then overnight we got the news,” confirmed Santos.
“Tomorrow [Wednesday] Cristiano and the other players will be tested again. Obviously, Cristiano has been isolated from the others from the start and will remain isolated.”
The manager then reveals that Cristiano Ronaldo still wants to play despite his condition and admitted that his captain communicates with the rest of the team from his balcony.
“He’s in his room. He says he wants to play. He talks to us from his balcony,” reveals Ferndando Santos.
“And anyway, he is completely asymptomatic,” he added. “He feels fine, without any symptoms at all. He doesn’t even know what happened to him.”
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