KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Italian Serie A giants Juventus announced on Wednesday that U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie has tested positive for COVID-19 and they will now head into "fiduciary isolation".
The news of the 22-year-old's positive test comes after it was reported that their star man Cristiano Ronaldo had tested positive for the virus while play for Portugal during the international break. A coach with Juventus' Under-23 team also tested positive on Wednesday.
"In compliance with the regulations and the protocol, the team entered into fiduciary isolation this evening," Juventus said in a statement on their website. "This procedure will allow all persons negative to the controls to carry out regular training and match activities, but will not allow contact with people outside of the group. The Club is in constant contact with the competent health authorities."
With the defending Italian champions scheduled to play against Crotone on Saturday in Serie A and open their Champions League campaign against Dynamo Kyiv next Tuesday, they will hope to have McKennie back in the fold by at least October 28 for their clash against Barcelona. But that will all depend on whether his COVID-19 test results come back negative.
The Texas-born midfielder joined Juventus at the end of August on a season-long loan from German Bundesliga team Schalke.