Luis Suárez, Elneny and Spurs's Doherty have tested positive for Covid-19
By: Denis Kayongo. Luis Suárez, Mohamad Elneny and Spurs Doherty tested positive for Covid-19, Uruguay striker to also miss qualifier against Brazil
Luis Suárez has tested positive for Covid-19. The striker, who scored a penalty in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Colombia on Friday, will now miss the crucial World Cup qualifier against Brazil on Tuesday, as well as Atlético Madrid’s match against Barcelona, his former club, on Saturday.
Luis Suarez in Atletico wear in UEFA champions League
Suárez left Barcelona in September as the club’s third all-time top scorer with 198 goals during a six-year spell at the club. He was forced out with one year left on his contract and despite public messages of support from Lionel Messi, left the club on acrimonious terms.
Two other members of the Uruguay squad, the goalkeeper Rodrigo Muñoz and an unidentified member of staff, also tested positive.
Suarez and Messi Celebrating for a goal in Barcelona
The Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny was another with a positive test as the Premier League recorded its highest weekly number this season. Elneny caught the virus while on international duty with Egypt and although showing no symptoms he will now quarantine in Cairo. He is not included in the 16 cases recorded in this week’s round of Premier League checks, moreover, in which 1,207 people were tested – an increase of 12 from last week.
Arsenal Midfielder Mohammed Elneny on International Duty (Egypt)
The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of avoiding Nations League relegation have been dealt a fresh blow after Matt Doherty and James McClean tested positive for coronavirus. The Tottenham defender and the Stoke midfielder, who both started Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Wales, have been isolated from the rest of the squad that flew back to Dublin on Monday before Wednesday’s fixture with Bulgaria.
Bale and his Club Mate Matt Doherty after Wales win (1-0) Against Rep. of Ireland on Sunday
Doherty, who was pictured hugging his clubmate Gareth Bale after the final whistle against Wales, will now miss Tottenham’s home game with Manchester City on Saturday.
Gareth Bale Hugging Matt Doherty after a friendly game on Sunday