RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) — Six Flamengo gamers have examined optimistic for the coronavirus forward of the Brazilian membership’s Copa Libertadores group match in opposition to Ecuador’s Barcelona SC.
The information got here three days after the reigning champions suffered a 5-Zero loss to Independiente del Valle in Ecuadorian capital Quito – the Rio de Janeiro aspect’s worst ever defeat within the prestigious membership competitors.
The Rubronegro have remained in Ecuador forward of Tuesday’s conflict within the Pacific port metropolis of Guayaquil.
“The gamers are asymptomatic and have been remoted beneath the supervision of the membership’s medical division,” Flamengo tweeted on Sunday evening.
Brazilian information outlet O Globo mentioned former Atletico Madrid duo Diego Ribas and Filipe Luis have been among the many gamers to check optimistic. Others have been Chile worldwide right-back Mauricio Isla, winger Bruno Henrique, ahead Michael Delgado and defender Matheuzinho, the report added.
The gamers are because of be examined once more on Monday earlier than a choice was made about their availability for the match.
South American soccer governing physique CONMEBOL is known to have dominated out the potential for suspending the fixture. The entity’s coronavirus protocols required golf equipment to register 50 gamers of their Copa Libertadores squads to assist groups with a number of coronavirus circumstances.
If Flamengo’s secondary samples show optimistic, the gamers shall be remoted for 14 days earlier than being examined once more, based on CONMEBOL tips.
Flamengo traveled to Ecuador with a 25-man squad however have additionally reportedly requested registered gamers who stayed in Rio to be on standby to fly to Ecuador on Monday.