Juve defender Bonucci positive for Covid after Italy return

juve defender bonucci positive for covid after italy return

Leonardo Bonucci (Reuters / File photo)

Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from international duty with Italy, the Serie A club announced on Thursday.

“Bonucci underwent a test for Covid-19 which came back positive,” Juventus said in a statement.

“The player has already been placed in home isolation.”

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Turkey defender Merih Demiral also tested positive while with his national side and returned to Turin on a medical flight, the team said.

The 23-year-old is isolating in the Juventus team’s J-Hotel.

Both players will miss Saturday’s Turin derby against Torino.

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Four members of Italy’s staff contracted the virus during the World Cup qualifiers, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said Wednesday after the team’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Lithuania.

The Azzurri also played in Bulgaria on Sunday where they won by the same scoreline.

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The entire Italy team had been tested in Sofia on Monday, with negative results, but on Tuesday a staff member complained of mild symptoms with a sore throat.

The person was isolated and returned to Italy where a test was positive.

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