Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is closing in on a return to the team after testing negative for Covid-19. The 35-year-old Portuguese player has missed Juventus’ past four matches, including a midweek Champions League clash with Barcelona – which Juventus lost.
Juventus confirmed the news on Friday in a statement on their official website. “Cristiano Ronaldo carried out a check with a diagnostic test (swab) for Covid-19”. Such news made the fans happy but not as happy as Ronaldo himself who was eager to start playing again. The statement from Juventus continued, “The exam provided a negative result. The player has, therefore, recovered after 19 days and is no longer subjected to home isolation”.
Ronaldo is set to take another test on Saturday. Until then CR7 will train individually. Should that test come back negative, Ronaldo will be called in for Juve’s Serie A clash against Spezia on Sunday. The 35-year-old originally tested positive for coronavirus on October 13 while on international duty with Portugal, forcing him to miss his country’s 3-0 win over Sweden the following day. Cristiano Ronaldo also missed out on the chance to face his long-time rival Lionel Messi and Barca which was especially tough to swallow for Ronaldo, who posted and then deleted a comment on Instagram questioning the accuracy of the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
“PCR IS BULLSH*T”, he wrote, before eventually deleting the comment. Some people considered it just a sort of conspiracy theory but a lot of people around the world do share the same opinion – Covid-19 being controversial, as usual.
Ronaldo has made just two appearances for Juventus this season, having last played in the 2-2 draw against Roma at the end of September. The 35-year-old has still managed to score three goals and add one assist in those two matches.