Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona postpone training session on Tuesday after two staff members test positive for Covid-19 ahead of important midweek LaLiga clash at Athletic Bilbao
- Barcelona postponed Tuesday’s training session as some staff have Covid-19
- The Catalans are preparing for a LaLiga match at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday
- Ronald Koeman’s players and staffs will take more coronavirus tests on Tuesday
- Fifth-placed Barcelona can move up to third with a with in the Basque Country
Barcelona have postponed a training session after two members of the first-team staff tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Athletic Bilbao.
Ronald Koeman’s were due to train on Tuesday morning before their match in the Basque country the following day but the Catalans have had to push back their preparations for the fixture.
The LaLiga giants will following the LaLiga protocol by taking more coronavirus tests on Tuesday morning to determine whether any more of the first-team set-up have been diagnosed with the virus.
Barcelona have cancelled a training session on Tuesday as two staff members have Covid-19
The Catalans were set to train at La Masia ahead of Wednesday’s clash at Athletic Bilbao
A statement on the Barcelona website read: ‘After PCR tests carried out today (Monday) two members of the football first-team staff have returned positives for Covid-19. The club has informed the relevant sports and health authorities.
‘Furthermore, the whole squad will undergo further PCR testing on Tuesday morning local time in line with La Liga protocol.
‘As a result the training session planned for tomorrow (Tuesday) has been postponed.’
Barcelona’s players will take more tests on Tuesday morning to see if others have the virus
The Catalans say a new training time for Tuesday, along with one for their press conference ahead of the Bilbao clash, will be determined.
Koeman’s Barcelona travel to Bilbao ten points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid – with Diego Simeone’s side having a game in hand over the Catalans.
While Barcelona have struggled at home in the league following recent draws to Valencia and Eibar, their work on the travels has been more fruitful with wins over Valladolid and Huesca in their last two away trips.
Under-fire Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman (above) can move his side up to third with a win
The Catalans are currently fifth in the Spanish top-flight but can move up to third with victory over Bilbao – who recently sacked head coach Gaizka Garitano despite beating Elche in their last league game on Sunday.
That victory moved Bilbao up to ninth in the LaLiga table and the Basque side can move as high as seventh with a win on Wednesday, which would also leave them four points behind Barcelona.
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