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Barcelona has been hit by a coronavirus scare after announcing that Sergi Roberto tested positive for COVID-19.
The 28-year-old has not played for the Blaugrana since sustaining an injury in the 1-0 loss to Atlético de Madrid on November 21, making him unavailable for their win over Osasuna on Sunday afternoon.
Spirit the club announced on Wednesday morning that Roberto would not be available for selection, even if he was fully fit, having tested positive for the coronavirus. Barça has confirmed in a statement that the multipurpose star is isolated, and they will begin to test any member of the squad who has recently come into contact with the infected player.
“After the PCR tests carried out on Tuesday, the first team player Sergi Roberto has tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read. The footballer is in good health and is isolated at home after recovering from the injury that occurred on November 21.
The club has informed the competent sports and health authorities. In addition, all the people who have had contact with the player have been traced to perform the corresponding PCR tests.
It should be remembered that Roberto suffered a tear in the rectus femoris of the right thigh in the Atlético de Madrid-Barça final (1-0), an injury for which he will be off the pitch for approximately two months ”.
The club will hope to return all negative results from any squad or players who have met with Roberto in recent days, to avoid the possibility of a team-wide outbreak.
Roberto’s thigh injury means he will miss most of Barça’s hectic winter schedule, along with key defenders Gerard Piqué, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, all of whom are suffering from fitness issues of their own.
Ronald Koeman’s men take on Ferencvaros on Wednesday night, having comfortably confirmed their progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League.