Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani COVID-19 concerns grow after another positive test

Manchester United's Edinson Cavani COVID-19 concerns grow after another positive test

Manchester United’s concerns around Edinson Cavani will be growing after yet another confirmed positive COVID-19 test from the Uruguay squad.

The striker, who was sent off in Uruguay’s defeat to Brazil in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, is due to return to United this week.

However, his availability for this weekend’s clash against West Brom will be in question following the latest developments coming from the South American nation.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Uruguayan Football Association confirmed there had been a further seven positive tests returned – players Alexis Rolin and Diego Rossi, as well as five members of the coaching staff.

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This evening, Atletico Madrid have issued a statement confirming that midfielder Lucas Torreira, on loan from Arsenal, has also returned a positive test upon his arrival back in Madrid.

“Today, Lucas Torreira underwent PCR tests upon his arrival in Madrid after returning from the concentration with the Uruguayan team following the usual protocol when our internationals rejoin after their commitments with their country. The analysis of these samples has been positive for Covid-19.

“Our footballer has no symptoms and remains isolated at home complying with the corresponding quarantine following the protocols of the health authorities.”

United entered the international break by winning what was arguably their most important match of the season at Everton on Saturday.

The under-pressure Reds came from behind to beat the Toffees thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.

United have a two-week break with many of their stars heading off on international duty – we’ll be keeping tabs on how they all perform, and on preparations for their next Premier League match against West Brom.

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This takes the tally of coronavirus cases from the Uruguay squad over the international break to 12, with another Atletico player, Luis Suarez, among the first to test positive alongside goalkeeper Rodrigo Munoz and a member of staff.

Torreira played alongside Cavani against Brazil last night, while Rolin and Rossi, the two players who had their results shared this morning, were on the bench.

As Torreira’s result came later on Wednesday, there will be concerns of further positive cases being recorded over the course of the coming days.

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