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Suarez tests positive for COVID-19
    2020-11-18  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Uruguay soccer federation announced Monday that star striker Luis Suarez has tested positive for COVID-19, and that means he will miss two massive games this week for both club and country.

Uruguay faced Brazil later yesterday in World Cup qualifying, while his new club Atletico Madrid faces his old club Barcelona on Saturday.

Suarez has been with the Uruguay national team since last week, though it is unclear where he may have contracted the virus. Teammate Rodrigo Munoz also tested positive for the virus, as well as press officer Matias Faral.

The statement added that all three are “in good health,” and said the team had followed protocol and taken the appropriate measures following the results.

Uruguay, which has not beaten Brazil since 2001, has six points in the round-robin South American qualifying group for the 2022 finals in Qatar.

Brazil leads the group with nine points from three games, Argentina is on seven, and Ecuador on six.

Suarez, who scored a penalty in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Colombia on Friday, is now ruled out of the match with Brazil.

He will almost certainly also miss his club’s La Liga match against his former club Barcelona on Saturday.

The Uruguayan is Atletico’s joint-top scorer this season alongside Joao Felix, grabbing five goals since switching from Barca on a free transfer in September. Suarez is the latest high-profile player to test positive for the virus during an international break, after Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was infected while on duty with Egypt.

Last month, Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive while representing Portugal and was forced to miss several games for Juventus.

Meanwhile, in the Premier League, the latest testing found that a record of 16 positive cases in a single round since the new season began in September.

(SD-Agencies)

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