After Danilo D’Ambrosio tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday, there was always the fear it could spark a larger outbreak across the first team. And now, it seems as though those worries have materialized. Inter announced today that Samir Handanovic is also positive for the virus, despite negative test results throughout the week.
| OFFICIAL STATEMENT— Inter (@Inter_en) March 17, 2021
Samir Handanovic has tested positive for Covid-19 https://t.co/WDj3mkpArA
Inter’s captain will be out against Sassuolo this weekend, along with D’Ambrosio. He will be a major loss for a backline that has kept a clean sheet in six of the last ten matches. He’s found his best form in recent weeks after a rough start to the season, including a memorable trio of incredible saves against Milan. Twenty-three year old Andrei Radu could step in this weekend, though Danielle Padelli is also an option. The larger concern is over how much the virus has spread across the team now that we know it’s not solely limited to D’Ambrosio. Fortunately, the Nerazzurri have two weeks off after the Sassuolo clash in order to recover and deal with any outbreak.
Most important of all is the health of Handanovic in dealing with this disease. Hopefully he and D’Ambrosio recuperate smoothly and avoid any severe side effects.