Which games Kalidou Koulibaly could miss after the Napoli centre-back tested positive for COVID-19


  • Kalidou Koulibaly has tested positive for COVID-19, Napoli confirmed in a Tweet from the club’s official account
  • The 29-year-old centre-back remains asymptomatic and has begun the self-isolation period at home
  • COVID-19 rules in Italy dictate that the Senegal international would have to spend the next 14 days in self-isolation

Kalidou Koulibaly has become the latest Napoli star to test positive for the novel coronavirus, the club’s official Twitter account confirmed Friday.

The official statement goes on to mention that the 29-year-old centre-back remains asymptomatic and has begun his self-isolation period at home.

The news has come only a day after the club announced that Fabian Ruiz had tested negative for COVID-19 almost three weeks after the Spaniard first tested positive

Ruiz hasn’t been the only Napoli player who has spent a significant chunk of the season on the sidelines after testing positive for the coronavirus, with striker Victor Osimhen spending almost an entire month in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID at the start of January.

The duo’s return to the side wasn’t fully complete before Fauzi Ghoulam, the 30-year-old Algeria international who plays as left-back for the Naples based outfit, was tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently in self-isolation.

 

Which games Koulibaly could miss after positive COVID-19 test?

According to the COVID-19 rules currently in place in Italy, any person who tests positive for COVID-19 has to spend the next 14-days in self-isolation, even if they show no symptoms of having the virus. That means bad news for Napoli and Koulibaly for more reasons than one.

After its clash with Genoa at the weekend, Napoli would travel to Atalanta four days later, with a high-stakes clash against Juventus scheduled for next weekend. Even if Koulibaly’s recovery from the virus goes according to plan, he is likely to watch all these three games from the sidelines.

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