Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimović tests positive for virus

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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2020 file photo, AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Bologna at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy. The Swedish ace tested positive to COVID-19 and will miss tonight's Europa League 3rd round qualifying soccer match between AC Milan and Bodo Glimt and also a few of the next matches of the Italian Serie A. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

MILAN – Zlatan Ibrahimović tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, and he reacted to the news as only he can.

The AC Milan striker said he was positive a day after testing negative for COVID-19.

“I tested negative to Covid yesterday and positive today. No symptoms what so ever. Covid had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea,” Ibrahimović wrote on Twitter.

Ibrahimović will miss Milan’s Europa League match against Norwegian club Bodø/Glimt on Thursday and the Serie A match at Crotone on Sunday.

All Milan players underwent a second round of testing on Wednesday after defender Léo Duarte was found to be positive for COVID-19 following tests the previous day.

“Zlatan Ibrahimović has tested positive for COVID-19 following a second round of swab tests ahead of tonight’s game against Bodø/Glimt,” Milan said in a statement. “The club has informed the relevant authorities and the player has been promptly placed in quarantine at home. All other team members and staff have tested negative.”

The 38-year-old Ibrahimović has scored three goals in Milan's first two matches this season, in the Europa League and Serie A.

The Swedish forward set up an online fundraiser in March to help hospitals at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. He launched it with a video message which he ended by saying: “And remember, if the virus don’t go to Zlatan, Zlatan goes to the virus.”


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