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Wolves to test squad for Covid-19 after five players were part of Portugal squad with Ronaldo 

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Wolves will test their players for Covid-19 on Friday amid anxiety in Portugal after Cristiano Ronaldo was revealed to have virus on Tuesday.

Five Wolves players — Rui Patricio, Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence — were part of the Portugal squad along with Ronaldo, although all returned negative tests on Tuesday.

There was alarm in Portugal when, following Ronaldo’s positive test, reference was made to a picture posted on his social media channels on Monday evening, showing the Portuguese squad in close proximity around the dinner table. 

Wolves will test their players for Covid-19 after five members of their squad, including Nelson Semedo (centre) were part of the Portugal setup with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was revealed to have the virus

Wolves will test their players for Covid-19 after five members of their squad, including Nelson Semedo (centre) were part of the Portugal setup with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was revealed to have the virus

Wolves will test their players for Covid-19 after five members of their squad, including Nelson Semedo (centre) were part of the Portugal setup with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was revealed to have the virus

After Ronaldo’s positive test, reference was made to a picture posted on his social media channels showing the Portuguese squad in close proximity around the dinner table

After Ronaldo’s positive test, reference was made to a picture posted on his social media channels showing the Portuguese squad in close proximity around the dinner table

After Ronaldo’s positive test, reference was made to a picture posted on his social media channels showing the Portuguese squad in close proximity around the dinner table

Ronaldo is currently isolating with the rest of the Juventus squad after another Juve player, midfielder Weston McKennie, also tested positive.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has regularly expressed doubts about the wisdom of playing football during the pandemic, ever since the club were forced to proceed with a Europa League tie in Athens in March as sporting events across the world were cancelled due to Covid-19.

Before his players departed for the most recent international break, Nuno said: ‘We are very, very worried [about their safety]. We always get worried when they go to their national teams. You try to pass on information about how they are but you don’t have the authority to determine anything.

Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio was in the Portugal squad

Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio was in the Portugal squad

Midfielder Joao Moutinho was also part of the squad

Midfielder Joao Moutinho was also part of the squad

Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio (left) and midfielder Joao Moutinho (right) were in the Portugal squad

Midfielder Ruben Neves was also called up

Midfielder Ruben Neves was also called up

Daniel Podence completes the quintet of players selected

Daniel Podence completes the quintet of players selected

Ruben Neves (left) and Daniel Podence (right) were also called up by Fernando Santos

 

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed concern about playing during the pandemic

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed concern about playing during the pandemic

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed concern about playing during the pandemic

‘Then there is the pandemic situation. They are in a different environment and we don’t know the different protocols [they will follow].

‘I am not the only manager speaking about that. After they get back they have to be tested and then there is a question mark over the result of the test. Sometimes you are only hours away from the game [when you find out]. These are tough moments for everyone.

‘The schedule of the national teams is not the right one. We wonder what the process will be for how they are tested. Everyone is struggling at the moment.’

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Inside Karim Benzema’s astonishing tunnel bust-up as he tells Real Madrid team-mates NOT to pass ball to Vinicius Jr

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REAL MADRID appear to be in turmoil after footage emerged of Karim Benzema accusing team-mate Vinicius Jr of ‘playing against’ the team, according to reports.

The incident happened during half-time of Los Blancos’ 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday night.

Karim Benzema reportedly accused Vinicius Jr of not being a team player

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Karim Benzema reportedly accused Vinicius Jr of not being a team playerCredit: TELEDOT DIRECT
Real Madrid headed into the dressing room 1-0 behind

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Real Madrid headed into the dressing room 1-0 behind in the Champions League group stage contest thanks to Marcus Thuram’s 33rd minute opener.

French TV station Telefoot released footage inside the tunnel of Benzema speaking with left-back Ferland Mendy.

The striker says to him: “Don’t play with him. On my mother’s life, he [Vinicius] is playing against us.”

Although he doesn’t reference the Brazilian winger in particular, Spanish publication Marca report how Vinicius Jr was the topic of conversation.

It was further reported how Mendy passed him the ball just three times in the second half.

Vinicius Jr is pictured standing just feet away from Benzema in the tunnel alongside Thibaut Courtois and Federico Valverde.

It went from bad to worse for Real when Thuram scored his second of the night on 58 minutes.

But late drama relieved the pressure on Zinedine Zidane when Benzema’s late goal and Casemiro’s last-gasp strike snatched a point.

Tempers were high with Vinicius Jr standing within earshot

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Tempers were high with Vinicius Jr standing within earshotCredit: TELEDOT DIRECT

But the row is just the latest of problems mounting behind the scenes at the Bernabeu.

After the 3-1 El Clasico win over Barcelona, unused sub Isco was seen hitting out at Zidane.

He said team-mates Marcelo and Luka Modric: “If he has to bring me off, he substitutes me in minute 50 or 60 of the game, sometimes at half-time.

“If he has to put me on, he puts me on in the 80th minute.”

And captain Sergio Ramos was also critical of Isco and Marcelo following back-to-back defeats to Shakhtar and Cadiz.

Diario Sport claims Ramos blasted the pair for their underwhelming performances so far this term.

Zidane is under increasing pressure at Los Blancos and reports claim the club are ready to make their move for Mauricio Pochettino.

Real Madrid are a point off the top of the table in LaLiga. They recently lost to minnows Cadiz but bounced back with victory over Barcelona in El Clasico.

Meanwhile they lost their opening Champions League game at home to Shaktar Donetsk and after last night’s draw, face an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout phase.

Isco was recently pictured criticising manager Zinedine Zidane

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Man Utd plan to bring 23,500 fans back to Old Trafford after two months of talks with Government over return

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MANCHESTER UNITED are plotting to bring back 23,500 fans to Old Trafford after two months of talks with the Government.

Premier League supporters are yet to return to the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Man Utd are hoping to welcome 23.5000 socially distanced fans back to Old Trafford

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Man Utd are hoping to welcome 23.5000 socially distanced fans back to Old TraffordCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Their absence has led to clubs taking a huge financial blow.

Brighton were allowed 2,000 fans at the Amex for their pre-season draw with Chelsea as a trial.

But there have been no instances of Prem supporters back in grounds since.



Other top clubs in Europe including Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have hosted fans this season.

And United hope to be the first English top-flight side to have supporters back.

Old Trafford boasts a mammoth 76,000 capacity.

And the Red Devils reckon they can safely fit 23,500 socially distanced fans in the mammoth arena.

Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche told Sky Sports: “We spent around two months working with the government guidelines to develop the right processes and measures.

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“That’s to make sure we can have around 23,500 people in the stadium safely at social distancing.

“I guess sometimes it’s quite amusing to understand why people can gather in other settings such as in an aeroplane, restaurant or even in a cinema.

“But we know we’ve got the plans and the processes ready to deliver match day here safely.”

Indeed, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed a full Old Trafford might have spurred his side on to victory in their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Saturday.

He explained: “In the second half we pushed on and if the Stretford End is full, we might get that ball over the line.”

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3pm Chelsea news LIVE: Krasnodar build up, Rudiger set ‘to return to squad’, Ziyech fitness test

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CHELSEA face Krasnodar in Russia in the Champions League this week.

On the transfer front, the Blues are reportedly offering Declan Rice £120,000-a-week to join the club in January.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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