Juventus are one of many favourites to be named winners of this yr‘s Champions League, regardless of being positioned in a troublesome group that additionally entails Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo taking part in for Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros.
Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, nevertheless, will not be a part of the squad that traces as much as face Dynamo Kyiv – and Purpose explains why.
Why is not Cristiano Ronaldo taking part in for Juventus vs Dynamo Kyiv?
Ronaldo won’t be obtainable for choice to face Dynamo Kyiv in Juventus opening Champions League group-stage fixture on October 20 as a result of he has examined constructive for Covid-19.
The Portugal worldwide had a confirmed constructive check outcome on October 13 throughout worldwide obligation, and has been made to self-isolate accordingly alongside Covid-19 security protocol and process.
He was compelled to spend 10 days in isolation starting on October 13, which implies that he may very well be virus-free by the point his obligatory self-isolation ends on October 23 – three days after the Dynamo Kyiv recreation.
Ronaldo, nevertheless, might nonetheless check constructive for Covid-19 on October 23 even after spending 10 days in isolation, and his health and squad availability shall be consulted accordingly.
Even when Ronaldo doesn’t present any additional signs of Covid-19, he might nonetheless be a provider of the virus and nonetheless check constructive.
Juventus shall be sweating on his availability to play towards previous foe Lionel Messi within the Champions League fixture towards Barcelona on October 28.
The showdown is much-anticipated, and it’s set to be the primary time that the 2 rivals will meet since Ronaldo moved to Juventus in the summertime of 2018.
However Ronaldo will solely be capable of play towards Barcelona if he checks adverse for Covid-19 at the very least one week earlier than the sport (by October 21).
He has already missed two video games previous to the Dynamo Kyiv fixture – a Nations League match towards Sweden with Portugal and Juventus’ Serie A conflict vs Crotone.
By October 23, he can have missed three fixtures for each membership and nation, and probably extra – together with the Champions League match towards Barcelona – if he continues to check constructive past October 21.
Ronaldo might additionally miss Juventus Serie A video games towards Verona on October 25 and Spezia on November 1, which fall on both facet of the Barcelona match.
The striker denied accusations that he had damaged Covid-19 restrictions by returning to Italy regardless of testing constructive whereas away with the Portugal squad.
“I didn’t break any protocol,” he wrote on Instagram.
“They’re saying that I broke Italian legal guidelines nevertheless it’s all a lie. I spoke with my crew and we’ve got the accountability to do issues proper.
“All the things was achieved with authorisation. Principally for the Italian man whose title I’m not going to say, it’s a lie, I abided by all of the protocols.”