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New Barcelona mid Pjanic tests positive for coronavirus

Pjanic coronavirus

TURIN, ITALY - AUGUST 07: Miralem Pjanic of Juventus competes for the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Juventus and Olympique Lyon at Allianz Stadium on August 07, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Filippo Alfero - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

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Far from any sort of team bubble, there are bound to be more and more positive COVID-19 tests as players report to their clubs for preseason.

The latest is Miralem Pjanic, who tested positive after “feeling a little unwell” recently.

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Pjanic, 30, will have to quarantine and will not arrive in Spain to train for Ronald Koeman for at least 15 days.

Here’s Barca’s full statement:

Miralem Pijanic has tested positive in a PCR taken on Saturday 22 August after feeling a little unwell. The player is in good health and is self-isolating at home.

The player will therefore not be travelling to Barcelona for 15 days, when he will be expected to report for duty with the FC Barcelona team.


The new Barcelona player expected to pair with Frenkie de Jong and rejuvenate the side’s moribund midfield.

Pjanic had been in Serie A for nearly a decade between Roma and Juventus before a big swap deal for Arthur and cash sent him west to La Liga. He began his career in France with Metz and Lyon.