Cristiano Ronaldo tests COVID positive, to miss UEFA Nations League clash against Sweden
First Published 13, Oct 2020, 9:06 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest goal-scorer for Portugal in international football. To date, he has scored 101 goals for the side, becoming the first from the nation to enter the 100-goal mark. He also holds the most caps for the side, having played 167 games so far.
In what could be a major setback for Portugal, star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for COVID-19. Consequently, he is all set to miss his side's upcoming clash against Sweden in the UEFA Nations League, on Thursday.
Ronaldo would now undergo a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine. As a result, he would also miss Juventus's Serie-A away clash against Crotone on Sunday, followed by their UEFA Champions League away clash against Dynamo Kyiv next Tuesday.
"Cristiano Ronaldo was released from training with the national team after a positive test for Covid-19, so he will not face Sweden. The Portugal international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation. Following the positive test, the remaining players underwent new tests on Tuesday morning, and all produced a negative result and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon," the Portuguese Football Federation confirmed through an official release.
Ronaldo's last game for Portugal happened to be against France during the UNL, where he played the entire 90 minutes, as the game ended in a goalless draw. As of now, Portugal are placed atop the table in Group 3 of League A, with seven points. France are placed second on similar points, with Portugal ahead on goal difference. With a couple of games to go, Portugal would be looking to avoid a defeat, as they could drop to third.
Ronaldo has so far scored just a couple of goals in the UNL. For Juventus this season, he has scored three goals in a couple of matches, while for Portugal, he has scored only a couple in three matches this year.
It was just last month Ronaldo had scored his 100th goal for the side. In the process, he became the first player from the country to enter the 100-goal club, while he already holds the record of being the highest goal-scorer and making the most appearances for Portugal.