Barcelona report positive Covid-19 test ahead of Cl semi-final

Barcelona have revealed that one of the nine players who have returned to pre-season training has tested positive for coronavirus.

Barcelona report positive Covid-19 test ahead of Cl semi-final

Barcelona report positive Covid-19 test ahead of Cl semi-final

The unnamed player “has no symptoms, is in good health and has been quarantined at his home”, the LaLiga club said.

“The player has not been in contact with any of the senior team players who are scheduled to travel to Lisbon this Thursday to compete in the Champions League,” read the statement published on fcbarcelona.com.

Barca are due to face Bayern Munich in a Champions League quarter-final in the Portuguese capital on Friday night, with a semi-final against either Manchester City or Lyon awaiting the winner.

Pedri, Trincao, Matheus Fernandes, Jean-Clair Todibo, Moussa Wague, Carles Alena, Rafinha, Juan Miranda and Oriol Busquets are the nine players identified on the club website as having returned to training while their first-team counterparts prepare to travel to Portugal.

Barca said: “The club has reported the matter to the relevant sporting and health authorities. All persons who have been in contact with the player have been tracked to perform the corresponding PCR tests.”

One positive case of Covid-19 among the nine players starting the preseason. https://t.co/8wtNikt2mZ

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 12, 2020

Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are among the other LaLiga sides to have reported positive Covid-19 tests among their players in recent weeks, although no fixtures have yet been suspended due to the cases.

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Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona to snatch Marcelo Bielsa from Leeds to become the new boss at the Nou Camp.

Bielsa is yet agree a new contract with the Championship winners, with his existing deal running out this week.

And Messi wants Barca to go all out to try to tempt the 64-year-old away from Yorkshire to take over from Quique Setien, according to The Sun.

Barcelona are struggling on and off the pitch, with Real Madrid winning the title amid financial troubles in Catalonia.

The LaLiga giants have reportedly put 12 first-team players up for sale as they look to get back on track.

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