In Milan, Ibrahimovic says: “Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea” | italian football

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Milan confirmed in an official statement that the striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive for coronavirus. The 38-year-old veteran was placed in quarantine and the Rossoneri club is missing this Thursday, against the Bodo / Glimt Norwegians, for the third knockout round of the Europa League. The match is played in a single hand, with the winner advancing to the continental competition playoffs.

On social media, Ibrahimovic said he was doing well and even joked about the situation.

– I tested negative for Covid yesterday and positive today. No symptoms. Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea – wrote the Swede.

The announcement comes a day after Léo Duarte, a former Flamengo defender, was diagnosed with covid-19. As a result, the entire squad had to retake the tests due to the UEFA protocol.

“Zlatan Ibrahimović tested positive at Covid-19 after a second round of testing before the game against Bodo / Glimt. The Club informed the competent authorities and the player was immediately quarantined at home,” says the official statement from Milan.

In addition to Ibrahimovic and Léo Duarte, another player known to the Brazilian public and who is out of this Thursday’s match is midfielder Lucas Paquetá, ex-Flamengo. However, not because of injury or any medical problem, but because of technical choice. The player must be traded by Milan and is practically out of the hands of coach Stefano Pioli.

Wrinkles are already visible on the face of Ibrahimovic, who continues scoring for Milan – Photo: Getty Images

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