FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Two Peruvian players test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Brazil clash
The Peruvian football federation issued a statement on Monday saying strikers Raúl Ruidiaz and Alex Valera have not shown serious symptoms of the coronavirus and have remained in isolation since before the results were known.
Sao Paulo: Two Peru players have been ruled out of the South American World Cup qualifying match against Brazil after testing positive for COVID-19 .
The Peruvian football federation issued a statement on saying strikers Raúl Ruidiaz and Alex Valera have not shown serious symptoms of the coronavirus and have remained in isolation since before the results were known.
Ruidiaz, who played in the 2-2 draw at Paraguay last week, had been expected to be a starter for Tuesday's game in Lima. Brazil leads the South American World Cup qualifiers after an opening 5-0 win over Bolivia.
The Peru-Brazil game will be played in an empty stadium because of coronavirus restrictions. CONMEBOL, which governs South American football, has convinced most local authorities to lift quarantine measures for incoming players.
Health protocols for World Cup qualifiers were approved by FIFA and CONMEBOL for one of the hardest-hit regions by the virus. Peru counts more than 33,000 deaths from COVID-19 .
Although no official figures are available, reports suggest only seven of England's 20 top-flight clubs have more than 50 percent of their squad fully vaccinated. A number of players in Southgate's squad as well are understood not to have had the jab.
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It was a ninth win from nine for the Selecao and extended their lead in the single South American qualifying group to eight points over unbeaten Argentina, who drew 0-0 in Paraguay.
Australia became the first team to win 11 games on the trot in the same World Cup qualifying campaign after beating Oman 3-1 in Qatar