Barcelona have confirmed one positive Covid-19 test, but their upcoming Champions League clash with Bayern Munich is not in doubt. Everyone who has been in contact with the Barcelona player has been tracked to perform tests.
He was one of nine reporting for pre-season training, showed no symptoms and has been quarantined at his home. Barca have revealed that an unnamed member of the squad has contracted coronavirus, but the player in question was not included in Quique Setien’s final shortlist for Friday’s quarter-final tie against Bayern.
Barca say he has not been in contact with any senior players, who travel to Lisbon on Thursday to prepare for a Champions League quarter-final.
The club have released a statement via their official website, which reads:
“Following PCR tests conducted this Tuesday afternoon on the group of nine players due to begin the pre-season today, one of them has tested positive for Covid-19.
“The player has no symptoms, is in good health and has been quarantined at his home. 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.”
“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.”
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Champions League is concluding with a ‘final eight’ tournament in Lisbon, comprising single-leg games held behind closed doors.
Barcelona play Bayern Munich on Friday, the day after Atletico Madrid face RB Leipzig.