The Italian team had a messy preparation on Tuesday for Wednesday’s international match against Orange. Stephan El Shaarawy tested positive for the corona virus, but a retest showed the attacker was not infected.
Italy trains at a distance
Team doctor Andrea Ferretti confirmed at the Italy press conference on Tuesday evening that El Shaarawy may have the COVID-19 virus among its members.
According to Ferretti, a low positive value was found and El Shaarawy had to be tested again to rule out a false positive test.
According to various Italian media, including Gazzetta dello Sport in Corriere dello Sport, the result of that retest is negative. The 27-year-old El Shaarawy can therefore play against the Orange on Wednesday.
Following the initially positive test, the entire selection of Italy was subjected to a new corona test. The planned press conference and training were postponed by more than two hours on Tuesday.
The results of the retests were not yet known during the training. The players of Italy therefore kept a continuous distance of 1.5 meters from each other.
The game in the Nations League between Italy and Orange in Bergamo starts on Wednesday at 8.45 p.m. The Orange hopes to book the first victory under national coach Frank de Boer, after not beating Mexico (0-1, exhibition game) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (0-0).