Cristiano Ronaldo finally tests NEGATIVE for coronavirus 19 days after being infected on international duty with Portugal… and Juventus star CAN return for trip to Spezia this weekend
- Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo tested negative for coronavirus on Friday
- The Portuguese forward has been self-isolating for the last 19 days with the virus
- Ronaldo has missed Juventus’ last four matches due to his self-isolation
- The 35-year-old was diagnosed with coronavirus on Portugal international duty
Cristiano Ronaldo has tested negative for coronavirus and can return to action for Juventus this weekend.
The Portuguese forward has missed the Serie A champions’ last four games in all competitions after contracting the virus on international duty with Portugal 19 days ago.
And the Turin club confirmed on Friday that Ronaldo is no longer required to self-isolate at home following his negative rest, meaning he could return to action on Sunday as Juventus travel to Spezia.
Cristiano Ronaldo no longer has coronavirus and can return to Juventus action this weekend
Ronaldo first tested positive following Portugal’s fixtures against France and Spain on October 13 despite being asymptomatic throughout his entire self-isolation period.
Friends revealed that he ‘felt like a beast forced to stay in cage’ while frustrated in quarantine, according to Italian news outlet Tuttosport.
Two weeks after his initial diagnosis, Ronaldo took another test on Wednesday of last week – but another positive result saw his return to the Juventus squad delayed even further.
Ronaldo (left) first tested positive after Portugal’s game with France (above) on October 11
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was, however, accused of breaking coronavirus rules when he flew home from Portugal to Italy after testing positive for the illness.
When asked whether Ronaldo had breached Covid-19 rules by taking a private air ambulance, Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora told Rai Radio: ‘Yes, I think so, if there were no specific authorisations from the health authority.’
The Old Lady’s most recent game saw them lose at home to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but Ronaldo’s diagnosis meant that he was denied a reunion with Catalans captain Lionel Messi in Turin.
During isolation, Ronaldo labelled the Covid-19 testing as ‘bulls***’ after testing positive again
Ronaldo shared a video of himself this week on a treadmill in full Juventus first-team kit
Hours before the match started, Ronaldo showed he was in a good physical condition by running on a treadmill in his full Juventus kit, before slamming the ‘buls***’ Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing system which delayed his return.
Juventus failed to win the two Serie A matches they played in without Ronaldo since the October international break, as last year’s Serie A champions were held to draws by top-flight minnows Hellas Verona and Crotone.
If Ronaldo returns to the Juventus line-up this weekend, he will need to guide his side from fifth-place in the table. The Old Lady sit four points behind Serie A leaders AC Milan, who – like Andrea Pirlo’s champions – are yet to lose in the Italian top-flight this term.
Before going into isolation, Ronaldo had three Serie A goals in two league games this season.