Juventus’ number of senior team players with COVID-19 has officially been cut in half.
The Italian champions announced late Friday that American midfielder Weston McKennie has been given a clean bill of health after he tested negative for the coronavirus. McKennie, who like Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19 during the October international break, is now able to end his isolation and return to training ahead of Juventus’ game against Hellas Verona this Sunday night at Allianz Stadium.
The brief state from Juventus’ official website read as follows:
Weston McKennie carried out, as per protocol, the check with a diagnostic test (swab) for corona virus (Covid 19).
The exam showed a negative result. The player has therefore recovered and no longer subject to home isolation.
Also of note Friday was that Juventus’ fiduciary isolation for all senior team members came to an end, the club announced. According to the brief statement on Juventus’ website, 61 people total were in isolation as a result of the first group of positive virus tests two weeks ago.
McKennie originally tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14, a day after Ronaldo’s positive test was announced while he was on international duty with Portugal. McKennie, however, was still in Turin with the rest of the Juve contingent that had not gone on international duty. McKennie remained in Italy because the United States men’s national team did not have any games during the October international break due to the pandemic.
Juventus have yet to announce if Ronaldo has tested negative.
Over the last two weeks, Juventus has seen players and staff members test positive over their three most notable teams — both the senior squad and the Under-23 for the men as well as a pair of staff members with the women’s team. McKennie, at least officially from the club, is the first to have tested negative and deemed to have recovered from COVID-19.
Italy has seen a major spike in cases in the month of October, including over 35,000 cases the past two days combined. The country announced 19,135 cases on Friday, the highest single-day total since the start of the pandemic.