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One Barcelona player has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the recent round of testing, the club confirmed on its official website Wednesday.
The player whose name Barca didn’t reveal has been asymptomatic and was one of nine players who returned for the club’s pre-season training earlier this week.
Barcelona confirmed that he was not in contact with other members of their squad or staff due to travel to Lisbon to face Bayern Munich in the Friday’s Champions League quarter-final clash.
The Catalan giants aren’t the only side which has confirmed positives for the virus. The likes of Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Granada, Alaves, Huesca, Mallorca and Espanyol have also confirmed cases in the past few days.
Valencia have put several clubs across Europe on high-alert by putting all of the club’s players up for sale, according to a report by MARCA.
The La Liga outfit is fresh from the departure of winger Ferran Torres whom they sold to Premier League giants Manchester City in a deal that could rise to £37m when add-ons kick in.
Torres won’t be the only player to leave the Mestalla as Valencia have already confirmed the departure of former Arsenal midfielder Coquelin to Villarreal. It is expected that the Yellow Submarine will also snap-up Dani Parejo in the same deal for a combined transfer outlay of £11.5million.
Valencia are feeling the heat of lost revenue after failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League in an environment where the COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the finances of clubs.
The Bundesliga giants who are yet to lose in the Champions League this season are favorites to win the competition that has eluded them since 2013.
Bayern Munich have confirmed Alphonso Davies suffered an adductor problem and subsequently missed the club’s training session on Monday.
The 2019/20 Bundesliga champions are preparing for what is surely going to be the sternest test of their credentials when they face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final on Friday.
Hansi Flick’s side, who are yet to draw or lose a game in the Champions League this season, are expected to end the club’s almost decade long wait for the title of Europe’s elite club competition.
They remain the only side in the competition that has scored 2 or more goals in each of their last 8 games in Europe, with Bayern’s last three games seeing the Bavarians scoring nine goals.
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