Alonso is left without the Uruguayan youth team after 14 cases of covid-19

Montevideo, Jan 23 (EFE).- The Uruguayan soccer coach, Diego Alonso, will not be able to count on the youth team with which he had been training since the beginning of January to use as a sparring partner, since 14 of them tested positive for covid-19. This was announced by the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) in a brief statement detailing that, in addition to them, four officials from the Celeste Complex – where the team trains – also contracted the disease. Alonso began training on January 10 with this youth squad made up of the main promises of the local championship. The idea of ​​​​the coach was that these footballers could collaborate in the training of the senior team, which already began this Sunday to prepare for the South American qualifying games for Qatar 2022 that lie ahead. The vice president of the AUF, Gastón Tealdi, stressed in statements to the local supplement Referí that Alonso will not make new citations for juveniles and that everything he had planned with them has been cancelled. On the other hand, he stressed that the Celeste Complex has already been sanitized so that the activities planned in preparing the team for the next games can be carried out normally. Several players from Uruguay have already arrived this Sunday, such as Edinson Cavani, Giorgian de Arrascaeta or goalkeeper Martín Campaña, and Diego Godín, Luis Suález, José María Giménez and physical trainer Óscar ‘el profe’ Ortega are expected to arrive in the next few hours. Alonso will make his debut as coach of La Celeste on January 27 against Paraguay as a visitor, which is also in need of points, since it is penultimate in the table. Later, on February 1, Uruguay will receive Venezuela, last and without qualification options, at the Centenario Stadium. The last two duels that La Celeste will face to try to reach Qatar will be against Peru, as a local, and Chile, as a visitor. Uruguay is seventh, with 16 points, the same as Chile, sixth, with the best goal balance. The table is led by Brazil and Argentina, already with their ticket in hand for Qatar 2022, ahead of Ecuador (23), Colombia and Peru (both with 17). EFE fa/car

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