Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has become the latest high-profile footballer to contract Covid-19 while on international duty, and will miss Saturday’s reunion with Barcelona as a result. team-mate Rodrigo Munoz and coach Matias Faral have also tested positive.
The viability of international football in the middle of a pandemic has been called into question recently, but FIFA and the various international confederations have pressed ahead, with players asked to stay within their social bubbles when travelling abroad to prevent the spread of the virus.
Nonetheless, we’ve seen no shortage of players testing positive while playing for their countries. In this break alone, Egypt duo Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny have contracted the virus, while Matt Doherty and James McLean both tested positive while playing for Ireland.
Now it’s being reported that Suarez will miss the return of his former club this weekend after Uruguay returned positive tests for the 33-year-old, alongside team-mate Munoz and coach Faral.
A statement from the Uruguayan FA reads: “The Uruguayan football association reports that swabs have been performed on all members of the senior team, resulting in the players Luis Suarez, Rodrigo Munoz and the official Matias Faral having tested positive for COVID-19, while all the other tests are negative. of the delegation.
“The three members mentioned are in good health and the corresponding measures have already been implemented.”
As is customary, Suarez is likely to undergo further testing to ensure the results are correct, but it seems likely he will miss Barcelona’s trip to Wanda Metropolitano, as well as the Champions League clash with Lokomotiv Moscow four days later.
The first match he would be available for after a two-week isolation period would be the visit of Bayern Munich on 1 December.