ARSENAL LOANEE TO MISS BIG GAME

Arsenal player Lucas Torreira will miss the huge Spanish La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Torreira is on loan at Atletico Madrid from Arsenal having joined them as a short-term replacement for Thomas Parteywho departed the club for the Gunners after his €50m release clause was paid. Torreira will miss the biggest game in Spanish football this weekend after he contacted Covid-19 while on international break.

According to a statement from Atletico Madrid, Lucas Torreirahas tested positive for the virus after he underwent Covid-19 tests in Madrid on Wednesday upon his return from the Uruguay national team camp. He will miss the Barcelona game scheduled for the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday night alongside club and national teammate Luis Suarez who has also posted a positive Covid-19 result.

As at the last count, 12 persons from the Uruguay national team camp have tested positive for Coronavirus and this didn’t include Lucas Torreira who learnt about him contacting the virus in Madrid.

Atletico Madrid has been decimated with the loss of both Luis Suarez and Lucas Torreira for the Barcelona game. Atletico are the only unbeaten team ahead of the Matchday 10 clash and the team will certainly miss the goals of Luis Suarez who has made a very good start to his career in Madrid. He would have been relishing the chance to face his former club.

Suarez has scored five goals in the league for Atletico Madrid since his reluctant Barcelona exit in the summer. New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman was responsible for his exit as he deemed him to be surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp. He will now be absent alongside Lucas Torreira for the first meeting between the two clubs since his €6m transfer to Atletico Madrid was sealed.

Loanee Lucas Torreira is the third Arsenal player to test positive for Covid-19 after Mohamed ElNeny and SeadKolasinac. Both Elneny and Kolasinac will miss the Leeds United game in the Premier League this weekend.

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