And then there were none.
Hopefully for a good amount of time, too.
Juventus announced Tuesday that the club’s last remaining COVID-19 positive, Alex Sandro, has finally tested negative after nearly a month out due to the virus. Sandro was the first of Juventus’ three January COVID-19 cases, testing positive the day after the Bianconeri’s win over Udinese to open the 2021 calendar year. That was over three weeks ago. But now, as per Juventus, Sandro is negative and will join up with his teammates for training on Wednesday morning ahead of the Coppa Italia quarterfinal matchup against SPAL in Turin.
The official word from Juventus.com:
Alex Sandro carried out, as per protocol, two controls of a molecular test (swab) for Covid-19, which returned negative results. Therefore, the player has recovered and is no longer subjected to the isolation regime and will join the team tomorrow morning at the JTC.
Sandro, who also missed the first two months of the season with a hamstring injury, was out a total of six games with his positive coronavirus diagnosis. For the most part, Juve were able to weather the storm of Sandro’s absence, with a handful of players getting playing time out wide as a left wingback.
But to have Sandro back, that’s a big development for Andrea Pirlo as his team gets ready to hit the early days of February with some big games on the horizon.
On a different virus note, the club also announced Tuesday that Juventus Women players Vanessa Panzeri and Valentina Soggiu have tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed in isolation. Panzeri, a central defender, has been rehabbing for the entire season since undergoing major knee surgery last spring. Soggiu was recently promoted to the senior squad to serve as Juve’s No. 3 goalkeeper with the midseason departure of Sabrina Tasselli — who had been with the club since the beginning of the 2019-20 season — earlier this month.