Zlatan Ibrahimovic tests positive for coronavirus, AC Milan confirm

Ibrahimovic showed no ill-effects of the coronavirus on the weekend, scoring both goals as Milan beat Bologna

Lawrence Ostlere
Thursday 24 September 2020 16:21
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for Covid-19, AC Milan have announced. The 38-year-old will miss the club’s Europa League match against Bodo on Thursday evening.

"Having informed the relevant health authorities, the player was promptly placed in quarantine at home," Milan said in a statement.

Ibrahimovic showed no ill-effects of the coronavirus on the weekend, scoring both goals as Milan beat Bologna in their first game of the new Serie A season.

He tweeted: “I tested negative to Covid yesterday and positive today. No symptoms what so ever. Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea.”

The announcement came one day after his team mate Leo Duarte returned a positive test, however Milan said the rest of the squad, who were also tested, were negative. 

Ibrahimovic, who will be 39 in October, is the highest-profile Serie A player to test positive since play resumed in June following a three-month stoppage. 

The former Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Inter Milan forward has scored 14 goals in 22 matches since returning for a second stint at Milan in January, helping revive his team.

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