Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi and the entire squad will be subjected to a coronavirus test when they fly to Naples later today ahead of their Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash against Napoli on Tuesday night.
The coronavirus outbreak in Italy has already claimed three lives and resulted in four Serie A games including Inter Milan's clash with Sampdoria being postponed during the weekend. The country
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Barcelona players to be tested for coronavirus ahead of Italy's entry to match against Napoli in the Champions League.Testing will include passing through a body temperature check room, and further tests will be sent to those with fever pic.twitter.com/9vLq2lY8St
Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed at a news conference that some football fixtures were to be cancelled as a matter of precaution.
"Minister of Sport [Vincenzo] Spadafora intends to suspend all sporting events planned for Sunday in the Veneto and Lombardy regions," he said, as per Express.
The Catalan giants are scheduled to face Napoli on Tuesday night, following which they will fly back to Spain immediately once the match is completed.