Atletico Madrid star Luis Suarez has tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty with Uruguay and he is now expected to miss the club’s La Liga clash against former employers Barcelona on Saturday.
The news comes as a massive blow to Atleti and to the striker on a personal basis, with the positive test coming just five days before he was due to take on his former club Barcelona in La Liga.
Apart from Suarez, the Uruguayan Football Association have confirmed that veteran goalkeeper Rodrigo Munoz and press officer Matias Faral also tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Brazil clash.
Shortly after the 3-0 win over Colombia, left-back Matias Vina was also confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus. That could see a debut for Nacional defender Agustin Oliveros.
Meanwhile, Suarez’s absence should come as a blow for Atletico, who have accumulated 17 points after just seven La Liga games this term and are the only side unbeaten.
Atletico are unbeaten in the previous two meetings against Barcelona across all competitions and their last victory came via a 3-2 win in the 2019 Spanish Super Cup semi-final.
In terms of the league, they have a dreadful record and have not beaten the Blaugrana in 20 matches. Their previous La Liga win over the Catalan giants came during the backend of the 2009/10 campaign.