SPORTS Granada coach Martinez misses Europa League trip after COVID-19 test


Granada coach Martinez misses Europa League trip after COVID-19 test


22:56, November 04, 2020

Granada's Spanish coach Diego Martinez Penas gestures during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid against Granada FC at at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on September 27, 2020. 

MADRID, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Spanish La Liga side Granada were obliged to travel to Cyprus for their Thursday's Europa League tie against Omonia Nicosia without their coach Diego Martinez, who gave a 'non-conclusive' result in a test for the coronavirus carried out on Wednesday morning.

The club confirmed that although Martinez had given negative in a PCR test taken on Tuesday, he and another member of the club's technical staff (reported to be goalkeeping coach Carlos Fernandez) gave a different result antigen test taken before the expedition flew to Cyprus.

This means that both Martinez and Fernandez have been obliged to remain in isolation until a further PCR test can be carried out and, therefore, can't travel with the team.

Tuesday's tests were carried out after defender Jesus Vallejo and two more members of the coaching staff (assistant coach Raul Espinosa and physical coach Jose Alfonso Morcillo) had previously given positive results for Covid-19.

They will also miss Thursday's game along with striker Roberto Soldado, who tested positive for the virus last week.

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