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Genoa goalkeeper Perin tests positive for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Bologna v Juventus - Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy - February 24, 2019 Juventus' Mattia Perin during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

(Reuters) - Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin has tested positive for COVID-19, the Serie A club said on Saturday, leading to their match away to Napoli on Sunday kicking off later than planned.

Genoa coach Rolando Maran told Saturday’s pre-match news conference that the 27-year-old, who is on loan from Juventus, had tested positive and was at home with a slight fever. The rest of the squad were training as usual, Maran said.

Serie A later announced that Sunday’s match in Naples would kick off at 1800 local time (1600 GMT) instead of 1500.

The Gazzetta dello Sport said the Genoa squad needed to undergo a new round of testing and had postponed their charter flight to Naples from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning to allow time to obtain the results.

Writing by Brian Homewood; editing by Clare Fallon

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