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Two members of the Barcelona staff have tested positive for COVID-19, which has caused training to be suspended before their clash with Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona has postponed their training this Tuesday after a coronavirus outbreak at the club.
The Catalans are preparing for a trip to Athletic Bilbao in San Mamés in La Liga on Wednesday, but their morning training session on Tuesday has come to a halt before all players and staff are screened for Covid-19.
Two members of the club’s staff have provided positive tests for coronavirus and the club needs to find out if there are any more cases.
“After the PCR tests carried out today (Monday) two members of the first soccer team’s squad have tested positive for Covid-19,” Barcelona said in a statement about the club official website . “The club has informed the relevant sports and health authorities. In addition, the entire team will undergo further PCR tests on Tuesday morning local time, in accordance with La Liga protocol.”
“As a result, the training session scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:00 am (11:00 am CET) has been postponed. Tomorrow the new training schedule and the subsequent press conference for Athletic Club-FC Barcelona will be announced “.
Barcelona are looking to build on their win over Huesca at the weekend, which was courtesy of a goal from midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Ronald Koeman’s team has been on a six-game streak in a row without a loss in La Liga, but two of them have been draws at home to Valencia and Eibar.
Barça, facing their game in Bilbao, sat in fifth place in La Liga, 10 points behind Atlético de Madrid, having played one more game than the top of the table.
Koeman will likely be able to welcome Samuel Umtiti back into the fold, as he participated in Monday’s recovery session following the win over Huesca.
France’s international defender missed the victory over Huesca and was made a disabled substitute against Eibar due to a stomach ailment, but is expected to take part in the trip to Bilbao.
One player who will not travel is Ansu Fati, who is recovering from a knee procedure.
The club released an update on his condition on Monday, saying he had undergone “regenerative biological treatment” and that he is still on track to be in shape in the spring.