Juventus ahead Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the Champions League group stage conflict with rival Lionel Messi after the Italian champions did not declare the Portugal worldwide had examined destructive in time to face Barcelona.
The Serie A champions introduced Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 13 and UEFA protocol states a participant has till 24 hours earlier than kick off to return a destructive take a look at earlier than he might be declared out there.
As Juve and Barca meet on Wednesday and no destructive take a look at was offered to UEFA, Ronaldo is not going to be out there for choice.
This was due to be their first encounter in a Champions League group stage, although they may get a second probability on Dec. 12 when the 2 sides face one another once more at Camp Nou.
Following two optimistic checks amongst Juve workers, gamers on the membership had been positioned in fiduciary isolation, the place they had been anticipated to quarantine inside their very own bubble. Nevertheless, Ronaldo was one among various gamers who left early to hitch their respective nationwide groups for the worldwide break.
Whereas with Portugal, although asymptomatic, Ronaldo examined optimistic for COVID-19, and returned to Italy on a specifically sanitised ambulance jet.
Italian sports activities minister Vincenzo Spadafora had accused Ronaldo of breaking the nation’s coronavirus protocol — however the 35-year-old denied this declare, calling it a “lie” in an Instagram publish.