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CR7 may not play vs Barca due to COVID-19 test

Cristiano Ronaldo may not play vs Barcelona after new COVID-19 positive

October 22, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
The Portuguese ace is recovering from the disease in solitary confinement, where a new test revealed he has not recovered from it.

The dream match between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the UEFA Champions League could be postponed for a bit, as the Portuguese ace is still recovering from a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. To make matters worse, the latest test performed on the former Real Madrid striker has shown that he still has residues of the disease, which means he will not be able to play against Barcelona next week.

According to Correio da Manha, the footballer's new test will see him miss the big group stage game against the Blaugrana side, mainly because UEFA's health protocols urge a footballer to test negative for the disease seven games before any given match. If UEFA sticks to the rules, then CR7 will have to watch his teammates take on the Blaugrana side at home. 

Nevertheless, sources close to the footballer's camp argue that the levels shown by CR7's test are quite low, which means he could not infect anyone else. Hence, the player will ask UEFA to be tested 48 hours before the game, and if the test provides a negative result, he will ask for football's governing body in Europe to allow him to play.

Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive while on international duty with Portugal. He was not around during A Selecao's last game during that tour, while also missing the games against Crotone and Dynamo Kyiv. He will also watch the game against Hellas Verona at home, wating for the time to undergo a new coronavirus test and see if he can play against his bitter rival.

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