Sport Ronaldo set for Juve return but unlikely to start against Spezia, Pirlo confirms
BREAKING NEWS: Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus AGAIN
The Portuguese superstar picked up the virus last week - forcing him into a period of quarantine and ramping up fears that he would miss the club's huge clash against Barcelona.The Portuguese superstar picked up the virus last week just days after playing for Portugal against France and Spain and posing for a team photo at dinner - forcing him into a period of quarantine and ramping up fears that he would miss the club's huge clash against the LaLiga side.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in contention to feature for Juventus in their Serie A match at Spezia on Sunday after recovering from coronavirus, but Andrea Pirlo doubts the Portugal great will start.
Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in October while away on international duty, forcing him to miss four matches across all competitions.
Juve only managed to win one of those four games, a 2-0 Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev, as they were held to Serie A draws by Crotone and Hellas Verona, before losing 2-0 to Barcelona at home on Wednesday.
Pirlo not worried ahead of Barcelona clash as Juventus held again
Juventus drew again in Serie A, but Andrea Pirlo is unconcerned ahead of facing Barcelona.Juve needed a 77th-minute equaliser from Dejan Kulusevski to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Hellas Verona, who went ahead through Andrea Favilli on Sunday.
The club confirmed on Friday that Ronaldo, 35, finally returned a negative test result, meaning he was no longer required to self-isolate, though he was still due to undergo a medical examination before the game.
It seems Ronaldo has since passed such a test, with Pirlo revealing the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is travelling with the squad.
"I found him well, even the second swab was negative, so he is fine and will set off with us," the former Italy international told reporters.
"I don't think he'll play from the beginning - the important thing is to have him available: he is a fundamental player.
"He trained at home, but it's not the same as doing it on the pitch."
Matthijs de Ligt remains a week or so away from a return, however, with the Dutch defender yet to feature this term after having shoulder surgery in August.
"Unfortunately, we will have to wait another week, as the orthopaedist requested of us. Until now, however, everything has gone well, he is training with the team but he still needs a few days," Pirlo said.
Pirlo: Playing Barca so soon did Juventus good .
Juventus were well beaten by Barcelona last week in a game that Andrea Pirlo believes will be beneficial to the Bianconeri.The Bianconeri visit Ferencvaros on Wednesday, looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Barca on home soil last week.