Benfica have reported a mass outbreak of coronavirus, with president Luis Filipe Vieira among the many 17 people testing optimistic on the membership.
The 71-year-old stays asymptomatic, and just like the membership’s different contaminated gamers, coaches and workers shall be now required to self-isolate for a interval of 10 days.
Benfica, who’re third within the Portuguese high flight, are scheduled to play a League Cup semi-final towards Braga on Wednesday night time.
Additionally they face Arsenal within the first leg of their Europa League spherical of 32 tie on February 18.
Regardless of conflicting studies about Benfica’s subsequent step ahead, it’s understood that no choice has been made on whether or not they may play over the following fortnight.
The European giants are in ongoing discussions with the nationwide division of well being over the very best answer.
In the meantime, the Premier League has confirmed 16 optimistic coronavirus instances within the newest week of testing.
It marks a big drop from the 36 optimistic instances recorded final week, which adopted a season-high of 40 a fortnight in the past.
Latest outbreaks of the virus affecting Aston Villa, Newcastle, Manchester City and Fulham performed a big think about that, with a number of top-flight fixtures postponed consequently.