Flamengo still have the possibility to count on players who tested positive for coronavirus on the eve of the match against Del Valle, this Wednesday. One of them is Filipe Luís. Conmebol will evaluate the case and admit the release because ten days have passed since the first positive result. The answer depends on an analysis of the athlete’s health conditions.
On Saturday, September 19, Flamengo players underwent coronavirus tests for the match against Barcelona. Seven of his players had positive results, Bruno Henrique, Vitinho, Filipe Luís, Isla, Matheusinho, Diego and Michael.
Under the Conmebol protocol, it is only possible for players to act if they have a negative test for coronavirus. But, if ten days have passed, the player can act if he is asymptomatic and present complementary exams. This is based on the WHO (World Health Organization) rule that understands that, after ten days, activities are cleared.
This procedure is valid in all countries with a similar understanding. This is the case in Brazil where the CBF releases players to act after ten days of the first positive test result.
Flamengo has up to 24 hours before the match to present exams and information about the athletes. The trend is for the Rio club to ask for the inclusion of these athletes in the game. Thereafter, Conmebol, in general, has until the morning of the following day to inform whether or not the athletes have been released. This period may be extended in case additional information is needed.
This process is similar to what happened with Boca Juniors in a match with Libertad. After the game, the Paraguayan team complained that Conmebol was disrespecting its protocol. But the organization claims that the procedures had already been updated to WHO standards.