Samir Handanovic is the latest player to have tested positive for COVID-19 amidst a worrying surge in cases in Italy.
The Inter goalkeeper was confirmed to have resulted positive in an official statement made on the club’s website.
“Samir Handanovic has tested positive for COVID-19 after a test this morning [Wednesday]. The goalkeeper is already in quarantine at home,” the statement read.
Worryingly, the 36-year-old shot-stopper becomes the second Nerazzurri player in two days to test positive after defender Danilo D’Ambrosio had also been confirmed positive on Tuesday.
Both players are taking all precautions and staying far away from through rest of the squad and will miss Inter’s Serie A game against Sassuolo, at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, on Saturday night.
That game itself is now in doubt, though, and could face postponement.
The situation brings into question the availability of seven other key players, all of whom reportedly travelled on the same bus as D’Ambrosio for Inter’s trip to Torino last weekend.
According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez Nicolo Barella, Christian Eriksen, Ivan Perisic, Stefan De Vrij and Achraf Hakimi were also on the bus together, along with D’Ambrosio.
The Nerazzurri will be keeping everything crossed in the hope that none of the abovementioned players test positive as they continue their push for the Scudetto.