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Barcelona’s preparations for Athletic disrupted by positive Covid-19 tests

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Two members of staff have tested positive

SD Huesca v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona’s preparations for Wednesday’s trip to Athletic have been disrupted after two staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

The club announced that Tuesday’s training session and pre-match press conference have been postponed and that further tests will now take place.

Here’s the club’s statement:

“After PCR tests carried out today Monday two members of the football first team staff have returned positives for Covid-19. The club has informed the relevant sports and health authorities. Furthermore, the whole squad will undergo further PCR testing on Tuesday morning local time in line with La Liga protocol.

“As a result the training session planned for tomorrow Tuesday at 11.00am CET has been postponed. The new time for training and the subsequent press conference ahead of Athletic Club v FC Barcelona will be announced tomorrow.”

Source | FC Barcelona

Barca are set to face Athletic tomorrow in what is their second match of 2021. The team kicked off the new year with a win over Huesca that takes them into fifth place in the table but still 10 points behind Atletico Madrid who have a game in hand.

Athletic are down in ninth and are seven points behind Barca. The Basque side beat Elche 1-0 on Sunday but then fired coach Gaizka Garitano and replaced with him Marcelino.