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Two Atletico Madrid players test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Champions League quarterfinal against RB Leipzig on Thursday night

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Two Atletico Madrid players test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Champions League quarterfinal against RB Leipzig on Thursday night

Spanish side, Atletico Madrid have confirmed that two senior players have tested positive for Coronavirus ahead of the club’s Champions League quarterfinal clash against RB Leipzig on Thursday night.

“On Saturday 8 August, all members of the first team and the club’s traveling party [set to head] to Lisbon underwent PCR tests at the Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda as required by UEFA protocol, [in order] to participate in the quarterfinals of the Champions League,” the club confirmed in a statement .

“Among the results known today, two positives have appeared. Both individuals are isolated in their respective homes, and their results were immediately communicated to the Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, UEFA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Portuguese Federation and the Higher Sports Council.

“The corresponding action protocol foreseen for these cases has been activated, which requires new PCR tests to be carried out on the first team and members of the expedition to Lisbon and the closest contacts of the positive cases.

“These tests will result in changes to training schedules, and in the structure and development of travel and accommodation in the Portuguese capital.

Atletico Madrid are scheduled to face RB Leipzig in the Champions League quarter-finals in Portugal on Thursday, August 13. 

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Oshimen suffers head injury

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Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has been diagnosed with head injury, after he imploded during their 4-2 loss to Atalanta on Sunday.

The Super Eagles star was thumped oblivious, in the wake of falling in the last moment of the game, following a crash with Cristian Romero.

Osimhen hit the rear of his head on the pitch in the wake of falling. He was raced to the emergency vehicle along the edge of the pitch and taken to the nearby clinic in Bergamo for tests.

A Napoli statement has now been put out that Osimhen had suffered head injury, yet different tests all returned clear. Luckily, there could be no other warnings from the tests, which he did at the Papa Giovanni XXIII emergency clinic in Bergamo.

He will stay in Bergamo under observation before he is released. Osimhen has had various medical issues since joining Napoli, as he dislocated his shoulder on international duty in November and contracted COVID-19 over the Christmas break.

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Ronaldinho loses mum to Covid-19

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Brazilian football legend, Ronaldinho’s mom dies in the wake of testing positive for Covid-19.

Dona Miguelina, aged 71, was hospitalized subsequent to testing positive for the infection in December 2020, in their home city of Porto Alegre.

Ronaldinho’s previous club Atletico Mineiro affirmed her passing on Twitter on Sunday, February 21, with a message of sympathy.

“It is with great sadness that Clube Atlético Mineiro receives the news of the death of Doña Miguelina, mother of Ronaldinho Gaúcho,” read the club statement.

“The Atleticana Family is in mourning and shares the moment of pain with their idol. May God receive you with open arms and comfort the heart of our eternal ace”.

Ronaldinho is yet to make a statement on his mother’s passing.

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I believe we can win the league – Casemiro

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Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has said that Zinedine Zidane’s side accept they can win the La Liga title after his goal procured a 1-0 success at Real Valladolid on Saturday night.

Casemiro’s objective against Valladolid limited the hole with leaders Atletico Madrid to only three points on Saturday.

The outcome came after title top picks Atletico Madrid were beaten 2-0 by Levante prior on Saturday for their first home La Liga misfortune since Dec. 2019.

“It is not just because Atletico Madrid lost. We believe [we can win] the league,” Casemiro said at a post-match press conference.“I think there are still 42 points left. That is a lot of points.

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