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Barca newcomer Pjanic tests positive for coronavirus

Pjanic, who is reported to be on holiday in Italy, will miss the start of pre-season training on 31 August.

Miralem Pjanic, in his final days at Juventus.
Miralem Pjanic, in his final days at Juventus.
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BARCELONA MIDFIELDER MIRALEM Pjanic, who joined from Italian champions Juventus this summer, has tested positive for coronavirus, the Spanish club said on Sunday.

“Miralem Pjanic has tested positive in a PCR (test) taken on Saturday 22 August after feeling a little unwell. The player is in good health and is self-isolating at home,” Barca said in a statement.

“The player will therefore not be travelling to Barcelona for 15 days, when he will be expected to report for duty with the FC Barcelona team.”

Bosnia international Pjanic was signed in June by Barca for €60 million as part of an arrangement which saw Brazilian midfielder Arthur move in the opposite direction for €72 million.

Pjanic, who is reported to be on holiday in Italy, will miss the start of pre-season training on 31 August under new coach Ronald Koeman. The 2020-21 La Liga campaign is due to begin September 12.

He is the third Barca player to test positive for Covid-19 following French defensive pair Samuel Umtiti and Jean-Clair Todibo.

© – AFP, 2020

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