Cristiano Ronaldo will find out TODAY if his desperate late bid to return to face Barcelona and Lionel Messi has been successful – with his final coronavirus test result due, which could release him from quarantine
- Cristiano Ronaldo is set to find out today whether he can face rival Lionel Messi
- Ronaldo has been self-isolating since testing positive for Covid-19 on October 13
- He recorded another positive result last week, but is waiting results on new test
- Ronaldo will be able to play if test comes back negative 24 hours before kick-off
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to find out today whether he can face rival Lionel Messi in the Champions League.
Ronaldo has been self-isolating at home since he tested positive for coronavirus while away on international duty with Portugal on October 13.
The 35-year-old recorded another positive result last Thursday, throwing into doubt his participation in Juventus’ Champions League opener with Barcelona this week.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to find out today whether he can face rival Lionel Messi
Ronaldo has been self-isolating at home since he tested positive for Covid-19 on October 13
Andrea Pirlo has been without his star player after the latter tested positive for coronavirus
However Ronaldo is set to find out if his late bid to return in time for Wednesday’s tie has been successful with his latest Covid-19 test result due later.
A negative result would mean his quarantine period is over and as long as the result has come back within 24 hours of the kick-off, so 8pm on Tuesday night, he will be able to play.
Ronaldo was asymptomatic when he tested positive days after playing for Portugal against France and Spain and posing for a team photo at dinner. He also displayed no symptoms when he tested positive for a second time last week.
The Portugal captain has been exercising at home to keep fitness levels up ahead of a return
‘As far as Cristiano Ronaldo is concerned, there has been no news. We await the results of the swabs,’ Juve boss Andrea Pirlo said on Saturday.
‘We did them this morning. He underwent the test at his home and if there is new news it will be communicated.’
Ronaldo’s reunion with rival Messi was the pick of the ties when the Champions League groups were drawn. Two of the sport’s greatest ever players have not faced each other in the Champions League since the semi-final between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the 2011-12 season.
Ronaldo poses with his Portugal team-mates just a day before his positive test was revealed