6 Flamengo Players Have Virus In Ecuador Ahead Of Copa Libertadores Match

Flamengo (Photo Credit: AP)

Flamengo (Photo Credit: AP)

Flamengo was preparing a last-minute flight for four players to be available for the match

SAO PAULO: Brazilian club Flamengo has isolated six players who have the coronavirus and has received confirmation its Copa Libertadores match on Tuesday against Ecuadors Barcelona is going ahead.

Flamengo has been in Ecuador since Thursday, when the defending champion lost to Independiente del Valle 5-0.

The club did not identify the infected players, but said on Twitter they were not showing any symptoms at their hotel. One of the players who tested positive, Diego Ribas, challenged that claim, saying he was feeling pains and a sore throat.

Diego, a midfielder who has played at Atltico Madrid and Juventus, said in a video on his social media channels that he was one of the positive cases.

I am well, as much as possible, Diego said. I know I am exposed for leaving home to do my job. But it is a very unpleasant moment.

CONMEBOL confirmed the group match will take place, with Flamengo allowed to fly in replacements it included on a list before the tournament restarted last week after a six-month halt.

Brazilian media reported Flamengo was preparing a last-minute flight for four players to be available for the match in Guayaquil. The club did not confirm the information to The Associated Press.

Besides the six players who tested positive, Flamengo also will not count on top goal-scorer Gabriel Barbosa, winger Pedro Rocha and goalkeeper Diego Alves because of injuries. Defender Gustavo Henrique is suspended after being sent off in the match against Del Valle.

According to CONMEBOLs medical protocol, teams need to submit their squads five days before each match. Temperatures will be taken before kickoff.

Del Valle leads Group A after three matches with nine points, followed by the Brazilian side with six. Colombia’s Junior de Barraquilla has three, and Flamengo’s next opponent has zero points.


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