“After the tests undertaken in the laboratory on Wednesday afternoon, ACF Fiorentina reports that three players and three members of the healthcare-technician staff have been identified as testing positive to COVID-19,” a club statement said on Thursday.
“The club has arranged, as per the protocol, for the involved people to continue their isolation. Preparatory medicals for the rest of the group are scheduled for Friday morning ahead of the beginning of the optional activities on the pitch.”
There are still 11 days left until Serie A clubs begin team training, and the Italian government is yet to give the green light for the season’s resumption.
“We both feel so at home in Florence, as we were given such a warm welcome by the people here,” said Commisso of Ribery and himself. “The situation in America isn’t as serious as in Italy, but I’ve been closed in my home for the last five days with my wife and daughter. (Fiorentina director) Joe Barone and my son Giuseppe are holed up in their hotel.”
La Viola sits 13th in Serie A with 30 points, five points clear of the bottom three and nine back of the final European qualification spot.
CONCACAF has suspended play for a month, while UEFA postponed all fixtures next week ahead of a meeting to discuss plans for both club and international European competitions including the Champions League and Europa League.
Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone, currently on loan at Fiorentina, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Patrick Cutrone, 22, left Wolves for Fiorentina in the January transfer window on an 18-month loan deal after arriving at the Premier League club last summer from AC Milan.
In a statement, Fiorentina confirmed the Italian international striker is one of four people tested positive for COVID-19.
Cutrone, German Pezzella and physio Stefano Dainelli all have coronavirus as Dusan Vlahovic had earlier tested positive for the virus.
“Patrick Cutrone, German Pezzella and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli underwent tests, as they were showing some symptoms. All three [were] positive and are in good health at their homes in Florence.”
Atalanta’s come-from-behind, 2-1 victory over Fiorentina ends a 27-year drought for the club.
With second-half goals from Duvan Zapata and Ruslan Malinovskiy, Atalanta earned their first Serie A victory in Florence since 1993.
“These are three very important, key points. We haven’t won here for 27 years, and we were up against an in-form team,” said Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini following the match.
Gasperini’s side, who take on Valencia in the Champions League Round of 16 later this month, are three points clear of fifth-place Roma. Atalanta host Roma next Saturday in league play.
“We have to exploit Roma’s difficulties and our home advantage in the next match,” Zapata said. “If we do well against the ‘Giallorossi’ it will set us up for the Champions League match against Valencia.”
Atalanta, who look to make it far in Europe’s grand tournament while trying to book a ticket for next year’s version, are unbeaten in their last three but trail third-place Lazio by eight points. Fiorentina, winless in three, are nine points safe of the drop zone.