Lucas Torreira tested positive for coronavirus after the two disputed dates with Uruguay by South American qualifiers heading to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The fraybentino started with La Celeste against Colombia and Brazil; the news was officially reported Atlético de Madrid this Wednesday afternoon.
The Colchonero club indicated: “This Tuesday Torreira underwent PCR tests upon arrival in Madrid after returning from the concentration with the Uruguayan National Team following the usual protocol when our internationals rejoin after their commitments with their country. The analysis of these samples has been positive for Covid-19”.
The statement from the Madrid team adds that the player has no symptoms and remains isolated at home “complying with the corresponding quarantine following the protocols of the health authorities“.
It is the second loss of Atleti in the last hours after on Monday it was also confirmed positive for coronavirus in the forward Luis Suarez. Both Uruguayans were incorporated into the cast of Cholo Simeone this season and had been important (the forward as a starter and the midfielder adding minutes) in the team’s scheme; now they will not be able to work alongside the group for a few weeks and will not be in the key match against Barcelona for the League this coming Saturday.
Before the Torreira result was known, Marca newspaper from Spain had reported a great malaise of Atlético with the Uruguayan Football Association because it is understood that The protocols that are carried out to avoid contagions have not been strictly followed. In particular, the Madrid team emphasizes the presence of mate and the realization of a barbecue in the concentration of the Uruguayan National Team in the past days.
Torreira is, so far, the sixth footballer of the Uruguayan National Team who has tested positive in recent days: on Saturday the presence of the virus was confirmed in Matías Viña (Palmeiras), on Monday in Suárez (Atlético) and Rodrigo Muñoz (Cerro Porteño), and this Wednesday Diego Rossi (Los Angeles FC) and Alexis Rolín (Rentistas) tested positive.
Our player, @ LTorreira34, has tested positive for Covid in the PCR test carried out today after returning from his commitments with Uruguay; He does not present symptoms, he is isolated and serving quarantine at home.
– Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) November 18, 2020