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31-Oct-2020, 03:20 am

Ronaldo closes in on Juventus return after testing negative for Covid-19


Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is closing inon areturn to the team after testing negative for Covid-19.

"Cristiano Ronaldo carried out a check with a diagnostic test (swab) for Covid-19," the statement read.

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

Ronaldo is set to take another test on Saturday and will train individually. Should that test come back negative,Ronaldo will be called in for Juve's Serie A clash against Spezia on Sunday

The 35-year-old originally tested positive for coronavirus on October 13 while on international duty with Portugal, forcing him to miss his country's 3-0 win over Sweden the following day.

Upon his return to Juventus, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was forced to miss four more games as he failed to produce a negative test.

Ronaldo was unable to participate as Juve drew Crotone and Verona in Serie A play, while he also missed out on a Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev and a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona earlier this week.

Missing out on the chance to face his long-time rival Lionel Messi and Barca was especially tough to swallow for Ronaldo, who posted and then deleted a comment on Instagramquestioning the accuracy of the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

"PCR IS BULLSH*T",he wrote, before eventually deleting the comment.

Ronaldohas made just two appearances for Juventusthis season, having last played in the 2-2 draw againstRomaat the end of September.

The 35-year-old has still managed to score three goals and add one assist in those two matches.

Ronaldo has also found himself under investigation fora possible breaching of protocolafter he flew back toItalyfollowing his positive test result.

Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has claimed that Ronaldo was not able to enter the country without the proper authorisation from Italian health officials.

Spadafora toldRai Tre: "Cristiano did not respect the protocol. There is an investigation by the Federal Prosecutor's Office to prove it.


Source : goal.com

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