Atletico Madrid have introduced that two of their players and staff have examined constructive for coronavirus simply days before their Champions League quarter final in opposition to RB Leipzig.
Atletico have been set to journey to Lisbon on Monday, the place all remaining games within the competitors will probably be played, and can now leave the contaminated players behind and tweak their journey plans.
They confirmed the 2 constructive COVID-19 checks by way of a assertion on their web site.
“Yesterday, Saturday 8 August, all members of the first team and the club’s expedition to Lisbon underwent PCR tests at the Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda as required by UEFA protocol to participate in the quarterfinals of the Champions League,” the press release started.
“Among the results known today, two positives have appeared, which are isolated in their respective homes, and which were immediately communicated to the Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, UEFA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Portuguese Federation and the Higher Sports Council.
“Likewise, the corresponding motion protocol foreseen for these circumstances has been activated, which requires new PCR checks to be carried out on the first staff and members of the expedition to Lisbon and the closest contacts of the constructive circumstances, and that motivates adjustments in coaching schedules, within the construction and growth of journey and lodging within the Portuguese capital.”
As all protocol has been followed correctly, it seems likely that Thursday’s game against RB Leipzig will go ahead as planned.
Atletico sensationally beat Liverpool over two legs in the Round of 16 with the dramatic second leg one of the final high profile games to be played before football’s COVID-19 enforced break. Their opponents RB Leipzig bested Tottenham 4-0 on aggregate to get to this stage. The Bundesliga side will be without top scorer Timo Werner this time around though, following his move to Chelsea.