Wolverhampton Wanderers winger, Adama Traore, is a doubt for the opening Premier League match against Sheffield United after testing positive for coronavirus.
Sky Sports reports that Traore had a positive result at the weekend. He was due to have a second test yesterday to make sure it wasn’t a “false positive” recording.
The 24-year-old is currently in Spain after being named in their squad for upcoming Nations League fixtures with Germany and Ukraine. However, Traore cannot join up with his international teammates because of the result.
If the second test does come back positive then the forward will be unavailable for those games. Due to isolation protocols, Traore would also be unlikely to be available for the game with the Blades on September 14.
Coronavirus blow for Adama Traore
This will be disappointing news for both Wolves and Traore. The attacker has been working hard on rehabilitation for a shoulder injury in order to be ready for the new season.
Traore dislocated his shoulder four times last term and there were concerns he may need an operation. The Spaniard appears to have avoided that, but may not now be able to play in any case.
It would be another issue for Wolves to overcome in what has already been a tricky period of preparation for 2020/21.
Unlike the Blades, who played their last competitive fixture on July 26, the Midlands side were in action on until August 11 because of their involvement in the Europa League.
Many of their players still haven’t joined up with the squad, either, because of their involvement in international football. Diogo Jota, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Rui Patricio are all currently away with Portugal. Meanwhile, Pedro Neto and Ruben Vinagre are part of the Portugal Under-21 setup.
They will all only have a few days’ preparation back at Molineux before that game with United.
That said, the Blades have a number of international players themselves. This includes Republic of Ireland quartet John Egan, David McGoldrick, Callum Robinson and Enda Stevens. John Fleck and Oli McBurnie both play for Scotland, while Sander Berge is away with Norway.
New signing, Aaron Ramsdale, is also part of the England Under-21s squad.