Not so positive
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus and is now in self isolation.
A statement from the Portuguese Football Federation said that Juventus talisman is “doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation.”
Ronaldo will now miss a series of crucial games for both club and country. Portugal are set to play Sweden in Nations League game on Wednesday and will now need to find a replacement.
The good news for coach Fernando Santos’ squad is that there have been no other positive tests. This comes as a little surprise as Ronaldo posted an image of him eating in close proximity to his squad mates the day prior to the positive test result.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 12, 2020
In terms of Juventus, the Portuguese front man will miss the away trip to Crotone on the 17th October and a Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev on 20th.
Should this have happened?
The international break has led to questions raised as to whether the nations should have convened? During the pandemic, Premier League clubs have gone through rigorous weekly testing to ensure the safety of their players.
Lower leagues have been unable to do this due to the private costs behind the scheme. This has led to some cancellation of fixtures. For example, Tottenham Hotspur paid for private testing of Leyton Orient’s players and staff. Results confirmed several cases and soon after the match was postponed, Spurs were given a bye into the next round due to the O’s forfeiting.
Some international players from regions or divisions lacking in consistent regular testing could lead to transmission.
The government guidance has been strict on the ‘Elite Sports Bubble‘ and has enabled cross-border competition. It has also enabled transfers of players to take place without the necessary self-isolation period.
However, with players testing positive whilst on international duty, it begs the question as to whether the break should have gone ahead at all?
This article was edited by Josh Barker.