Five Barcelona stars test positive for coronavirus ahead of La Liga restart



Posted Wednesday, June 03, 2020 by Express.co.uk

Five Barcelona players and two members of the coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Barcelona stars and coaching staff tested positive for coronavirus ahead of a return to training but have now fully recovered. All five players were asymptomatic and have since gone on to make a full recovery.

The results were discovered through tests taken before a return to training in May and pose no problems for the club ahead of La Liga restarting.

Barcelona return to action against Mallorca on Saturday, May 13 as they look to win the title.

Quique Setien will hope his team can beat rivals Real Madrid in a close race for the La Liga trophy.

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has opened up on a sprint finish in La Liga with the season set to return.

Five Barcelona stars test positive for coronavirus ahead of La Liga restart
Barcelona had five players test positive for coronavirus before a training return (Image: GETTY)

He told the club’s website: “It's like a new 11-game championship.

"We will need to get as many points as possible to win, after the break everything returns to zero and we have to win matches again.

"Madrid and the rest of the teams will surely have worked well too.”

Lenglet also opened up on the change in format to the league with five substitutes now allowed.

He explained: “Players generally will do well with all five changes. We will see in time if we do well or not. There are many trips ahead, 11 games in a month…

"Injuries? We know that we will risk a lot. So many games, in the heat, after the break… we have to prepare ourselves in the best possible way to avoid injuries.

"I am suspended for the next game in Mallorca, but I am ready to play.”

Five Barcelona stars test positive for coronavirus ahead of La Liga restart
Barcelona are getting ready to return to La Liga action (Image: GETTY)

La Liga fixtures

Thursday, June 11
Sevilla vs Real Betis (10pm)

Friday, June 12
Granada vs Getafe (7.30pm)
Valencia vs Levante (10pm)

Saturday, June 13
Espanyol vs Alaves (1pm)
Celta Vigo vs Villarreal (5pm)
Leganes vs Valladolid (7.30pm)
Mallorca vs Barcelona (10pm)

Sunday, June 14
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid (1pm)
Real Madrid vs Eibar (7.30pm)
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna (10pm)



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