Flamengo’s Arrascaeta tested positive for coronavirus and was removed from Uruguay’s games against Paraguay and Venezuela bynext rounds of qualifiers. In his place, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) called in striker Brian Ocampo, from Nacional-URU.
According to the AUF, Arrascaeta presented himself to the national team last Monday with a negative test. However, the 27-year-old was tested again on Tuesday and was diagnosed with the disease. He will remain in isolation for 14 days and, for the time being, is on Uruguay’s list for the America Cup.
Arrascaeta was Flamengo’s titleholder in the 1-0 victory against Palmeiras last Sunday, at Maracanã. On Monday, he traveled to Montevideo and performed normally for the Uruguayan national team. He participated in the activity led by coach Óscar Tabárez and spoke with the coach.
It is the second time that the Uruguayan attacking midfielder has tested positive for the disease. He was infected for the first time last year, before the outbreak that affected Flamengo, in september 2020. In his presentation to the Uruguayan national team, Arrascaeta spoke to the program “La Ora Deportiva”, on radio “970 Universal”, your concern about hosting the Copa America in Brazil.
— The world is living, the difficulty we are experiencing, few countries have the conditions. I think now is not the right time to play. But we can’t do anything,” said Arrascaeta.