Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci tests positive for Covid-19 after returning from international service with Italy … leaving Andrea Pirlo with no more defensive options with Merih Demiral, also excluded from Turin’s derby with Torino
- Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has tested positive for Covid-19
- The central defender contracted the virus during international service with Italy
- Four Roberto Mancini employees also tested positive for the virus
- Center-back Merih Demiral also tested positive while away with Turkey
- It leaves Andrea Pirlo with defensive options for the Turin derby with Torino
Juvenuts defender Leonardo Bonucci has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from international service with Italy.
Bonucci played 90 minutes against Northern Ireland and Bulgaria in the World Cup qualifiers, but was an unused substitute for the game with Lithuania on Wednesday.
Italy confirmed that four staff members had tested positive and ended up in isolation before the last game.
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has tested positive for Covid-19 after international service
All team members and staff had returned negative tests on Monday, but one of Roberto Mancini’s colleagues was sent home on Tuesday after developing a sore throat.
Three other staff then tested positive on Wednesday for Bonucci’s result on Thursday.
His absence has left Juve boss Andrea Pirlo short of options in the back, ahead of the Turin derby with Torino on Saturday.
The center-back has played in Italy’s World Cup qualifiers with Northern Ireland and Bulgaria
Turkish international Merih Demiral also tested positive, leaving Andrea Pirlo out of options
Central defender Merih Demiral also contracted the virus during international service with Turkey.
Bonucci played 29 games for Juve this season, leading in the absence of Giorgio Chiellini.
The defender also misses the game with Napoli on April 7, but can return to Genoa next weekend.
Juventus are ten points behind Serie A leader Inter Milan with eleven games of the season to go.