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Juventus suffer blow ahead of AC Milan clash

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Juventus have been handed a blow ahead of their game with Milan after news that one of their players tested positive for covid-19.

Juventus defender Alex Sandro has tested positive for coronavirus, the club confirmed on Monday evening.

The Brazilian featured in his side’s 4-1 league victory over Udinese in Turin on Sunday.

However, Sandro displayed mild symptoms following the game and was taken for a covid-19 test. Unfortunately, the club confirmed the positive test on Monday.

“Juventus announces that following the appearance of some mild symptoms, a check was arranged for the player Alex Sandro, which revealed his positivity to Covid-19,” a statement read.

“The player has already been placed in isolation.”

“The club is in contact with the health authorities for the definition of an effective implementation of the protocols needed to allow the training and competition activities of the team.”

Alex Sandro featured for 83 minutes against Udinese before he was replaced by Gianluca Frabotta.

The 29-year-old has made seven league appearances under Andrea Pirlo during the 2020-21 campaign, as well as featuring three times in the Champions League group stage.

Juve travels to San Siro to face AC Milan – the unbeaten Serie A leaders – in midweek, followed by a home game against Sassuolo on Sunday.

Pirlo is already likely to be without Alvaro Morata for the trip to Milan, with the Spain international troubled by a thigh problem that kept him out of the win over Udinese.

The result of that match could be significant in the Serie A title race and the absence of Sandro would no doubt come as a blow for Pirlo.