Juventus’ senior squad has gone into isolation ahead of their Joan Gamper Trophy clash with Barcelona next weekend. So, after Hamza Rafia tested positive for Covid-19, in live football, the Juventus squad will isolate in a bubble now.
The Bianconeri players cannot have any contact with anyone outside of the first team bubble.
They are looking at around two weeks of biosphere bubble isolation due to the current coronavirus regulations in Italy.
This means that the first team will be able to continue training at the Continassa facility.
However, they cannot have any contact outside of that bubble after they enter fiduciary isolation.
Rafia himself, meanwhile, will quarantine away from the rest of the squad for the next 10 days.
He will not receive an all-clear to return to the pitch until he reports a negative test after that period.
Juventus Squad Will Isolate in a Bubble
A statement on the club’s official website reads: “Juventus Football Club announces that, during the checks provided for by the protocol in force, Hamza Rafia has tested positive with Covid-19.”
“In compliance with the legislation and in agreement with the local health authority, the team group has entered into fiduciary isolation as of today,” the statement continued.
“This procedure will allow all negative subjects to carry out regular training and match activities, but will not allow contact with the outside of the group.”
The Juve squad are isolating as a precautionary measure, because Rafia came into contact with the majority of his team-mates.
After all, Rafia and his Juventus teammates all reported for the start of the club’s pre-season training together last week.
Talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo also returned to Turin for training from his post-Euro 2020 holiday on Monday (the football news).
Despite this pre-season activity, the club hasn’t confirmed any other positive cases as of yet.
In light of this, the meeting with Barcelona on August 8 will still go ahead as Juventus had originally planned.
However, this schedule could change if the situation changes after the next set of medical checks at Continassa.