Wolves to test squad for Covid-19 amid concerns

Wolves to test squad for Covid-19 amid concerns after five of their players were part of Portugal squad with Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Wolves will test their players for Covid-19 on Friday amid anxiety in Portugal 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo tested positve for virus and Wolves had five players in squad 
  • Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo and Joao Moutinho were part of the Portugal squad
  • Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence were also called up by Fernando Santos 
  • All five of the players who were called up returned negative tests on Tuesday 

Wolves will test their players for Covid-19 on Friday amid anxiety in Portugal after Cristiano Ronaldo was revealed to have virus on Tuesday.

Five Wolves players — Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence — were part of the Portugal squad along with Ronaldo, although all returned negative tests on Tuesday.

There was alarm in Portugal when, following Ronaldo’s positive test, reference was made to a picture posted on his social media channels on Monday evening, showing the Portuguese squad in close proximity around the dinner table. 

Wolves will test their players for Covid-19 after five members of their squad, including Nelson Semedo (centre) were part of the Portugal setup with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was revealed to have the virus

After Ronaldo’s positive test, reference was made to a picture posted on his social media channels showing the Portuguese squad in close proximity around the dinner table

Ronaldo is currently isolating with the rest of the Juventus squad after another Juve player, midfielder Weston McKennie, also tested positive.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has regularly expressed doubts about the wisdom of playing football during the pandemic, ever since the club were forced to proceed with a Europa League tie in Athens in March as sporting events across the world were cancelled due to Covid-19.

Before his players departed for the most recent international break, Nuno said: ‘We are very, very worried [about their safety]. We always get worried when they go to their national teams. You try to pass on information about how they are but you don’t have the authority to determine anything.


Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio (left) and midfielder Joao Moutinho (right) were in the Portugal squad


Ruben Neves (left) and Daniel Podence (right) were also called up by Fernando Santos

 

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed concern about playing during the pandemic

‘Then there is the pandemic situation. They are in a different environment and we don’t know the different protocols [they will follow].

‘I am not the only manager speaking about that. After they get back they have to be tested and then there is a question mark over the result of the test. Sometimes you are only hours away from the game [when you find out]. These are tough moments for everyone.

‘The schedule of the national teams is not the right one. We wonder what the process will be for how they are tested. Everyone is struggling at the moment.’




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