Cristiano Ronaldo has been caught up in a coronavirus scare after several players tested positive for the deadly bug in the Italian league.

The former Man Utd star who now plays for Juventus in Serie A and Welsh international teammate Aaron Ramsey were given a detailed briefing on tackling Covid-19.

Ronaldo and his team-mates including Welsh international Aaron Ramsey are now being carefully monitored by medical teams

It came after members of the Juventus Under 23 squad played an infected opposing team called Pianese.

Three of the Pianese team and a trainer have since tested positive following the fixture against the Juventus Under 23 squad last Sunday in a third-tier match.

The briefing came just hours before Ronaldo’s match against Inter tomorrow night was postponed by the Covid-19 outbreak.

As a precaution, joint training sessions between the Juventus Under 23 squad and the first team – with Ronaldo and Ramsey – have been suspended until further notice.

Club sources at Juventus stressed none of their players had tested positive for illness but all “proper safety precautions and protocols were being followed”.

The whole of the Pianese squad has been placed in isolation after the diagnosis and Juve’s medical team are keeping a close eye on Ronaldo and his teammates.

A source at the Turin club said: “The situation is being taken very seriously and the medical staff have told all the players to keep washing their hands and using hand gels.

“No one has tested positive but bearing in mind the Inter game has been postponed because of health concerns nothing is being taken for granted.

“Some of the players involved in the Under 23 match did train midweek with Ronaldo and the first team but that will now not happen again for a few weeks.”

Juve’s match against Inter was going to be played behind closed doors but yesterday morning the Italian FA decided the match and four others would be postponed.

 

Meanwhile Pope Francis yesterday failed to make his public engagements for the third consecutive day after officials said he had a “small indisposition”.

It came after he was pictured coughing and sneezing at an Ash Wednesday service last week.

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