Reports in Spain have confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is set to sit out Juventus’ vital Champions League clash against FC Barcelona after the tournament’s record goalscorer tested positive for coronavirus for the second time.
The next round of the Champions League fixture includes one of the most anticipated match-ups, which will see the Italian champions and La Liga giants go head-to-head. And the spotlight is expected to fall on the two greatest of this generation in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
However, it’s almost certain that Juventus will be without their talisman for the fixture when they take on Messi’s Barcelona side at the Allianz Stadium for the Group G clash on Wednesday 28 October.
The reason for the disappointment is because Portuguese publication Correio da Manha reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has failed his latest coronavirus test, which has taken place nine days after he was first confirmed positive.
The second positive result on the COVID-19 test implies that Cristiano Ronaldo will be unavailable for a little while, which means that he will be forced to sit out the game against Barcelona next week.
But according to reports, Juventus are determined to include the Portuguese in the crucial tie. It is said that the potency of the star forward’s infection is relatively low. Hence, the Bianconeri are planning to appeal to UEFA to allow Ronaldo to undergo another screening 48 hours before the encounter.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, was initially reported to test positive for coronavirus earlier this month while on international duty with his Portugal side. He has since then missed games against Sweden and Crotone. He will be unavailable for Juventus when they take on Hellas Verona in Serie A by weekend.
We hope UEFA grants Juventus the request for Ronaldo to take another test two days before the Barcelona game, and also hope that he tests negative at least once.
Get well soon, Cristiano!