Spanish club Atletico Madrid have confirmed two players have tested positive to the novel coronavirus ahead of Champions League quarterfinals against RB Leipzig.
Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko tested positive to coronavirus but they are reportedly asymptomatic and currently self isolating at home.
Other members of the squad were tested again on Sunday but they all came out negative.
“First team players and coaching staff underwent new PCR tests on Sunday and all results have come back negative. After two first team members tested positive on Saturday and following the health protocol, further exams were carried out on their relatives, all of which were negative.” The club said in a statement released on Monday.
“The club’s medical services have been given permission to reveal their identities, thus putting an end to the speculation.
“The first team will return to training on Monday evening without Ángel Correa, who is asymptomatic and self-isolating at home, and Sime Vrsaljko, who was recovering from an injury and not training with the group. The Croatian is also asymptomatic and will remain at home by decision of the medical services, although his case is considered to be resolved by the health authorities, having generated antibodies (IgG) several months ago. The doctors will monitor both players as per the health protocol.
“The club and its medical services would like to thank the media for the respect shown to the privacy of these two players.
“As a result, 21 first team players and Academy footballers Álex Dos Santos, Manu Sánchez, Riquelme and Toni Moya will travel on Tuesday to the Portuguese capital to focus on the Champions League quarter-final.”
The Atletico team will train in Spain before flying to Lisbon on Tuesday ahead of the quarter finals against RB Leipzig on Thursday.
The final stages of the Champions League format were amended due to the coronavirus. All quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be played in Lisbon, Portugal.