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Juve's Bentancur positive for Covid-19 as he misses the Porto clash

Fri 05 March 2021 | 12:42

Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has tried positive for Covid-19, the club declared on Thursday.

The 23-year-old isn't encountering any symptoms; however, he will be in quarantine due to COVID protocols, keeping him out of the

Serie A

face-off against Lazio just as his side's second leg in the

Champions League

round-16 against Porto. 

The Uruguayan's nonappearance comes after the Turin powerhouse are effectively short in the midfield territory, with Andrea Pirlo's team without ex-Barcelona play-maker

Arthur Melo

"Juventus football club announces that, during the checks provided for by the protocol in force, Rodrigo Bentancur has tested positive for Covid 19," the club addressed in a 

statement on their official website

.

"The footballer is in isolation and asymptomatic.

"The club is in contact with the relevant health authorities for the definition of an effective implementation of the protocols required to allow the training and competition activities of the team group."

Following the news regarding Bentancur, McKennie, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, and Nicolo Fagioli are presently the focal midfield alternatives accessible to Pirlo; however, McKennie has been struggling with a hip pain recently, and Fagioli has scarcely highlighted this season. 

Bentancur has made 33 appearances across all rivalries in the 2020-21 term, so he will be painfully missed as the Old Lady attempt to comeback from a 2-1 loss against Porto in the Champions League.

 

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