Serie A side, Juventus, on Monday, announced that defender, Alex Sandro, has tested positive for coronavirus.
The club confirmed that Sandro, who played in Sunday’s 4-1 league victory over Udinese, in Turin, underwent tests after showing “mild symptoms.”
“Juventus announces that following the appearance of some mild symptoms, a check was arranged for the player Alex Sandro, which revealed his positivity to Covid-19,” the club statement read in part.
“The player has already been placed in isolation.
“The club is in contact with the health authorities for the definition of an effective implementation of the protocols needed to allow the training and competition activities of the team,” the statement read.
The left full back played for 83 minutes against Udinese before being substituted for youth player, Gianluca Frabotta.
Juventus were leading 3-0 in the match at that point.
The news comes as a major blow to Juventus who travel, next,, to San Siro to tackle AC Milan,, who stand unbeaten at the top of the table.
Ahead of the much anticipated clash, coach, Andrea Pirlo, will also be concerned as Sandro is joined on absentee list by Alvaro Morata who is nursing a thigh injury that saw him miss the Udinese clash.
While the Udinese win kept Juventus within 10 points of log leaders, AC Milan, the San Siro outfit will pose a much sterner test for Pirlo’s outfit.
Juve are looking to win the Serie A title for 10 seasons consecutively.
A loss to AC Milan would leave Juve with a long hurdle in the chasing pack.
Pirlo will nonetheless be boosted by the presence of midfielder, Aaron Ramsey.
The former Arsenal star had a goal disallowed on Sunday, but could well play a pivotal part in the Milan clash.
Ramsey’s injury issues are well document and Pirlo will be hoping he comes through training without any issues.
“When he’s in good shape, Aaron is a very important player.
“He’s intelligent, he knows which positions to find on the pitch. Unfortunately, he had so many problems in recent years that he needs a lot of rest between games,” Pirlo said.