Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is among more than a dozen African stars who have tested positive for coronavirus as teams play friendly internationals across Europe to prepare for Cup of Nations qualifying.
Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci should be able to join up with the Italy squad ahead of Nations League matches despite their club self-isolating because of two positives among its employees, the Italian football federation announced Monday.
Sergi Roberto is the man chosen to replace the injured Dani Carvajal in the Spain squad for the matches in October. The Real Madrid full-back has a ligament problem in his right knee; he injured himself in training.
Barcelona did not take long to take the lead against Elche in the Gamper Trophy clash and they did so through an Antoine Griezmann goal. He just had to finish off a lovely pass by Jordi Alba.
There are few surprises in Ronald Koeman's squad for the Gamper Trophy match with Elche this Saturday at the Camp Nou. Pjanic and Ansu Fati have been called up at the expense of Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal who are both on the way out of the club.
Leo Messi scored his first Barca goal after his almost exit from the club this summer in the friendly against Girona. He received it at the edge of the area, and after putting it on to his right foot, hit the ball off the post and in.
Barcelona player Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in Wednesday's friendly match against Girona. The Brazilian put the icing on the cake of a great combined passage of play with Francisco Trincao, Leo Messi, and Antoine Griezmann starring.
Juventus triumphed 5-0 against Novara in their opening pre-season game.
Sporting Lisbon have announced that three footballers from the first team have tested positive for COVID-19 so the friendly with Napoli has been cancelled.