The announcement came less than two months after Atletico Madrid confirmed that 10 members of the club had contracted the virus. It also came less than two days before the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match involving the team and RB Leipzig in Lisbon. The match will take place on Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 20:00.
According to a statement issued by Atletico Madrid, the cases of the two players were discovered after all the players and staff of the team were subjected to mass COVID-19 test in Madrid, Spain on Saturday before they took off to Lisbon, Portugal where the remaining rounds of the UEFA Champions League will take place from tonight.
The two players that have been confirmed the be carriers of the virus have been made to self-isolate in their homes and they would not have an opportunity to partake in the remaining games in the ongoing European clubs’ competition.
A statement from Atletico Madrid confirmed that Angel Correa was not displaying any symptoms at the point of being tested even at the time of publishing this report. While Vrsaljko was recovering from an injury when he was confirmed to be a carrier of the virus.
“The Croatian is also asymptomatic and will remain at home by the decision of the medical services, although his case is considered to be resolved by the health authorities, having generated antibodies several months ago,” Atletico said in a statement.
The Spanish La Liga club revealed that the relatives of the two players who have had contacts with the players were also tested but the test returned negative. Hence, their relatives were cleared while the players were not taken to Lisbon for the last phase of the 2019-2020 Champions League campaign.
Women’s team of Atletico Madrid under COVID-19 attack
Meanwhile, the women team of Atletico Madrid have confirmed that they have suspended their training after four members of their squad tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
A statement from the women’s team confirmed that the four members of the squad have been isolating as other members of the squad are observing stringent safety protocols.