One of the big headlines in the football world on Tuesday was Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo testing positive for COVID-19.
That got the attention of Wolves fans, with five of their players currently on international duty with the Portugal squad.
Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence are all currently with the Portugal camp and all of them are due to be tested on Friday when they return to the midlands.
That’s according to Athletic journalist Tim Spiers, who posted an update on Tuesday afternoon.
Re Ronaldo's positive covid test, all of Wolves' returning internationals are due to be tested on Friday. Wolves will liaise closely with the Portuguese FA on when all their players have been tested this week etc #WWFC
— Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) October 13, 2020
The rest of the Portugal squad have currently tested negative but it will be interesting to see what team Fernando Santos puts out in Portugal’s last international tonight against Sweden in what is likely to be a fluid situation.
Ronaldo is currently in isolation away from the squad but Wolves fans have every right to be worried and it’s more weight to the argument that these international games shouldn’t have been played.
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the latest high-profile footballer to test positive for Covid-19. The news is likely to cause alarm in the Spain and France squads since Ronaldo played in Portugal’s games against the two nations last week, reports @hirstclass https://t.co/pn2GbShhDL
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) October 14, 2020
Some fans have already started speculating that Wolves could be missing a number of players for the Leeds game.
Wolves vs Leeds is going to be a crazy game 🔥 pic.twitter.com/EQQDmiU6mu
— FPL_Swede (@FPL_Swe) October 13, 2020
However, there are other implications too, with Portugal having played Spain recently, with Ronaldo lining up against Leeds’ Rodrigo.
We doubt this is the last we’ll hear of this ahead of the next round of Premier League games and Wolves fans have every right to be the more concerned.
Leeds have suffered their own blows from the international break with both Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper likely to be missing from Monday’s games.
Wolves’ problems could potentially be even bigger.
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