Italy boss Roberto Mancini 'is STILL positive for Covid-19'

Italy boss Roberto Mancini ‘is STILL positive for Covid-19 after latest test’ and will miss Nations League clash with Bosnia after being forced to sit out victories over Estonia and Poland

  • Italy manager Roberto Mancini first tested positive for Covid-19 a fortnight ago
  • Mancini’s assistant Alberico Evani will take charge of his third successive match 
  • Manchester United’s Alex Telles and Tottenham’s Matt Doherty also test positive 

Italy manager Roberto Mancini was found to be still Covid-19 positive after his most recent test, meaning his assistant Alberico Evani will be forced to step in once again.

The latest test results came in on Monday morning and showed Mancini, 55, is still positive after first testing positive a fortnight ago.

Former Sampdoria and Italy forward Mancini has already missed wins over Estonia and Poland, and will now be absent for Italy’s crucial Nations League tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, according to the Gazzetto dello Sport.

Italy boss Roberto Mancini will miss a third Italy match after another positive Covid-19 test

Mancini’s assistant Alberico Evani will take charge of Italy’s key match against Bosnia

Mancini’s No 2 Evani took charge of Italy’s 4-0 friendly victory against Estonia and the 2-0 triumph over Poland on Sunday which sent Mancini’s side top of Nations League Group A1.

Italy currently lead second-placed Holland by one point and third-placed Poland by two, but with goal difference tight the Azzurri need to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach the Nations League finals. 

The Bosnia and Herzegovina clash will also have permutations for the 2021 tournament, with the A1 group winner also hosting next year’s finals.

In the Premier League, Manchester United are sweating on the status of new signing Alex Telles.

The Brazilian left-back tested positive for a second time, but the Red Devils insisted that did not necessarily mean he has contracted the virus again.

With Luke Shaw injured and Brandon Williams, 20, out of favour with zero league minutes this season, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope Telles will be able to return to boost his injury-depleted side.

Manchester United left-back Alex Telles has tested positive but the club hope he can return

Tottenham Hotspur have also been dealt a blow by a recent positive test, with defender Matt Doherty now out ahead of two key Premier League games.

Doherty, who has nailed down the right-back spot since signing from Wolves this summer for £15m, tested positive along with Ireland team-mate James McClean after the pair started the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 defeat to Wales.

Jose Mourinho will be without the full-back for second-placed Tottenham’s games against Manchester City and Chelsea. 

Matt Doherty will now miss Tottenham’s key matches against Manchester City and Chelsea

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