Atlético Madrid have confirmed the identity of the two players who tested positive for COVID-19 after a mandatory test on all team members traveling to Lisbon for the Champions league quarterfinal against Leipzig.
The club announced that Ángel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko are the two players to have tested positive for the virus, the duo will remain in Spain in self isolation and receive treatment.
A statement on the club website read: “The first team and members of the coaching staff underwent new PCR tests yesterday, the result of which has been negative in all of them, after the appearance of two positive cases in the tests carried out on Saturday. Following the health protocol, said tests were also performed on relatives living with the two positive cases, all of which were also negative.
“The club’s Medical Services have received authorization in both cases to reveal their identity and thus end the speculation.
“The first team will return to training this afternoon with the absence of Ángel Correa, who remains isolated at his home without presenting symptoms. For his part, Sime Vrsaljko, who was recovering from an injury outside the group, is also asymptomatic and will remain at home by decision of the Medical Services, although his case is considered as resolved by the health authorities as he generated antibodies (IgG) several months ago. The doctors will supervise the monitoring of both players as established by the health protocol.
“The club and its Medical Services want to thank the media for the respect shown towards the privacy of these two cases.
“In this way, 21 players from the first squad plus Academy players Alex Dos Santos, Manu Sánchez, Riquelme and Toni Moya will travel to the Portuguese capital tomorrow to concentrate for the Champions League quarterfinal dispute.”
Atlético Madrid will face German side Leipzig for the quarterfinals of the Uefa Champions league on Thursday.
Arsenal target Thomas Partey will travel with the team but won’t be available for Thursday’s game.