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Manchester United forward Facundo Pellistri has tested positive for COVID-19, the player’s agency has revealed.
Pellistri joined United from Uruguayan Peñarol in October, but the 19-year-old has yet to make his senior debut as he adjusts to life in England. However, he has been on the sidelines of the first team and has been a substitute twice in the Champions League.
There were some hopes that he could get a senior second round this weekend, with United due to a break from their league obligations to face championship Watford in the FA Cup. That will not happen now, however, as their representatives TMA has confirmed that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
A statement reads: “We inform you that Facundo Pellistri, Manchester United player and member of the TMA team, tested positive for COVID-19.
“He is doing the corresponding quarantine at home, without symptoms and complying with the physical care indicated by his club. We appreciate the messages received in recent days. He will soon be training again with his teammates.”
Although Pellistri has yet to play for the first team, he has trained with the majors on a regular basis since arriving for close to £ 10 million, telling him United Official Website Earlier this week, working alongside compatriot Edinson Cavani has been particularly rewarding.
He said: “It’s been amazing training with guys like Rashford, Pogba, Mata and Edi [Cavani], which is a very good friend of mine.
“It’s amazing for me because I watched them on television and now I’m practicing with them. The intensity, the quality they have, it’s great for me to play with them and I improve a lot.
“I talk to Edi all the time and he is a very nice person. He is always trying to be close to me, giving me advice and everything I need. He is there to help me and that is very important to me. Very happy with that.
“I know he is one of the best players in the world and one of the best Uruguay players of all time, but he is also a very nice person.”