Cristiano Ronaldo close to returning to Juventus after being tested negative

November 4, 2020Football Standard

Portuguese and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has now been officially cleared for a return to the team after coming negative for Covid-19.

The Italian giants confirmed this news two days after their defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League on their official website.

They wrote: “Cristiano Ronaldo carried out a check with a diagnostic test (swab) for Covid-19.

“The exam provided a negative result. The player has, therefore, recovered after 19 days and is no longer subjected to home isolation.”

The 35-year-old Portuguese forward will now be available for selection in Juventus Serie A match against Spezia on Sunday having been on the sidelines for four matches, as several best high roller casinos USA also did not include the player in their odds for the four matches.

The Portugal international was previously tested positive for the coronavirus on October 13 during the international break, which led to him missing out on Portugal’s 3-0 victory against Sweden the day after.

And on his return to the Old Lady, the 35-year-old forward was forced to isolation as he went on to miss four matches consecutively after failing to come negative for the pandemic.

The former Real Madrid star was left powerless as he was unable to feature in Juventus 1-1 draw against Crotone and Verona in the Serie A matches, he also missed out on their 2-0 victory against the Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv and their 2-0 defeat against Barcelona this week.

He was unable to return in time to face his former La Liga rival Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the European tournament. Ronaldo, who was left frustrated, went on an Instagram post to comment on the accuracy of the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests which he immediately deleted.

The Portuguese wrote: “PCR IS BULLSH*T” before deleting the comment almost immediately.

The 35-year-old has only been able to register two appearances for the Old Lady outfit this campaign, with his last game coming from their 2-2 draw against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico stadium before the international break.

The two matches, however, didn’t stop the Portugal international from registering three goals and one assist, which had been predicted by even before the league started.

The former Manchester United forward was put under scrutiny for a potential breach in the protocol as he flew back to Italy after coming out positive for the coronavirus.

Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora took to the media to claim Ronaldo not be allowed entry to the country without the right authorization from the officials in the Italian health offices.

Speaking to the media, Spadafora said: “Cristiano did not respect the protocol. There is an investigation by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office to prove it.

“The virus has taught us that no one is exempt, obviously they are all people who have tried to respect the protocols as much as possible, but the only solution, in the end, is to stay at home.”


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