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Luis Suarez to miss Brazil clash after positive COVID-19 test

Agence France-Presse

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COVID-19 POSITIVE. Luis Suarez is considered asymptomatic of COVID-19.

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Uruguay misses the services of the country's top goal scorer as Suarez returns with a COVID-19 positive test

Uruguay’s top goal scorer Luis Suarez has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss their World Cup qualifier against Brazil, local football chiefs said on Monday.

The positive test also means Suarez will miss his club Atletico Madrid’s La Liga outing against Barcelona, which would have been the first time he ran out against his former team.

“Tests have been carried out on all the members of the national team, with the result that the players Luis Suarez (and) Rodrigo Munoz and the official, Matias Faral, have tested positive for COVID-19,” the Uruguayan football federation said in a statement. 

All 3 are “in good health”, it added. They join defender Matias Vina, who tested positive on Saturday after Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Colombia in Barranquilla.

Uruguay, who have not beaten Brazil since 2001, host the Brazilians (minus an injured Neymar) in Montevideo on Tuesday.

Brazil top the round-robin South American qualifying group for the 2022 finals in Qatar with nine points from 3 games, Argentina are on 7, Ecuador on 6 and Uruguay on 6 points. –

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