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Matthijs de Ligt included in Juventus squad to face Bologna after recovering from coronavirus


Matthijs de Ligt was named to Juventus’ squad to face Bologna on Sunday, after returning two negative tests for the coronavirus.

The 21-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 after I Bianconeri’s 3-1 win over Milan on January 6 and was forced to look aside as his teammates lost to Inter and then beat Napoli in the Italian Super Cup.

De Ligt is back on Juve's side
De Ligt is back on Juve’s side | Alessandro Sabattini / Getty Images

But De Ligt is back in the Juve squad and could play against Bologna on Sunday afternoon after returning two negative tests, meaning he is fully recovered from the virus and can join the rest of the squad.

“Matthijs de Ligt performed, according to the protocol, two molecular test controls (swab) for Covid-19 with negative results,” the club announced on its website.

“As a result, the player has recovered and is no longer subject to the isolation regime. He will join the J Hotel team for tonight’s retirement and will be included in tomorrow’s roster. [Sunday] meet.”

This news is a huge boost for Andrea Pirlo and Juventus, given that the Italian coach has rarely enjoyed the luxury of having three fully-fit center-backs at his disposal this season. Full-back Danilo was often forced to fall into the heart of the defense, so De Ligt’s return could see the end of square pegs in round holes in the Bianconeri’s backline.

Matthijs De Ligt
De Ligt was a great buy for I Bianconeri | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

Juve will see this game against Bologna as an opportunity to close the gap on their fellow Scudetto rivals, after both Milan and Inter lost points on Saturday.

Pirlo’s side’s victory would see them cut the deficit at I Rossoneri to seven points, as they also hold a game in hand against the leaders.