Why isn't Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Juventus against Verona and will he play Barcelona?

CRISTIANO RONALDO is set to sit out Juventus' Serie A match with Hellas Verona.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was unable to face Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday and his participation in this week's Champions League game with Barcelona is also in doubt.

Why isn't Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Juventus?

Ronaldo played for Portugal in their draw with France during the international break and was expected to feature against Sweden.

But the former Man Utd and Real Madrid star returned a positive test for Covid-19 and left Portugal's training camp.

He is currently self isolating and has reportedly displayed no symptoms.

Ronaldo travelled from Portugal to Turin on a private air ambulance – but hit back at suggestions he's broken protocol in the process.

CR7 said: "I did not break any protocol.

"They’re saying that I broke Italian laws but it’s all a lie.

"I spoke with my team and we have the responsibility to do things right.

"Everything was done with authorisation. Principally for the Italian man (Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadaforo) whose name I’m not going to say, it’s a lie, I abided by all the protocols."

When will he return to action?

Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely out of Sunday's Serie A clash with Hellas Verona.

And his long-awaited meeting with Barcelona and Lionel Messi could also be in doubt, after he returned a second negative test on Wednesday.

Ronaldo will now have one final test 24 hours before the match in the hope of being able to play.

If he tests positive again, he's likely to make his Juventus return at Spezia on November 1.

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