Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev faces being CALLED OFF if just ONE of the Ukrainian club’s players tests positive for coronavirus today – after only 13 first-team stars travelled due to a squad outbreak
- Six first-team players from Dynamo Kiev have tested positive for coronavirus
- Six reserve players have made the trip to Barcelona for Wednesday night’s clash
- If game is postponed it will have to be played before the January 28 cut-off point
- The Ukrainian side are set to undergo further covid tests on Tuesday morning
Only 13 first-team players travelled to Spain from the visiting side on Monday, the minimum number established by UEFA’s health protocols.
An additional six from the youth team have made the journey, but if only one more player from List A tests positive than the match will be postponed.
Only 13 first-team players from Dynamo Kiev made the trip to Barcelona on Monday
Barcelona’s Champions League clash on Wednesday is under serious threat of being called off
Six players in total from the Ukrainian club have been infected, with more testing set to take place on Tuesday morning.
The six players trained with the Dynamo squad on Sunday, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Though the players who have travelled tested negative, they could still manifest the disease at a later stage, increasing the risk that they could infect Barcelona players.
If the game has to be rescheduled, then a new date will have to be found before the cut-off point of January 28, which may prove difficult due to the heavily congested calendar.
Six first-team players from the Dynamo Kiev squad have tested positive for coronavirus
Dynamo announced that the six covid-19 casualties are Nikolai Shaparenko, Alexandr Karavaev, Gueorgui Tsitaishvili, Denis Garmash, Mikkel Duelund and Tudor Baluta.
In addition, assistant coach Emil Karas and four other members of the backroom staff tested positive.
Goalkeepers Denys Boyko and Heorhiy Buschan and defender Vitaliy Mykolenko also suffered injuries against Dnipro at the weekend, leaving the Ukrainian outfit short even further.
Coach Mircea Lucescu has been forced to call-up two goalkeepers from his reserves and another from the youth team, with the average age of the squad travelling out dropped to just 22.37 years.
Barcelona sit top of Champions League Group G with two wins from two games
They are scheduled to train on the pitch at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.
Dynamo sit third in Champions League Group G, having lost their first game to Juventus before drawing with Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros.
Barcelona sit top with two wins from two, including an impressive 2-0 victory at Juve last week.