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Juventus defenders Bonucci and Demiral test positive for covid-19

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is self-isolating after testing positive for covid-19 on his return from Italy duty, with Merih Demiral out for the same reason.

Bonucci joins Juventus team-mate Demiral in testing positive for coronavirus

Leonardo Bonucci has joined Juventus team-mate Merih Demiral in testing positive for coronavirus, the Serie A giants have confirmed.

The 33-year-old returned from international duty with Italy on Thursday, a day after the Italian Football Federation announced four members of staff had also returned positive tests.

Bonucci will now begin a period of self-isolation that could keep him out of Serie A games with Torino, Napoli and Genoa over the next 10 days.

Bonucci and Demiral out for Juventus

A statement on Juventus' official website on Thursday read: "Leonardo Bonucci, upon returning from the Italian national team, this morning underwent a diagnostic molecular test for covid-19 which came back positive. The player has already been placed in home isolation."

Juve confirmed earlier on Thursday that fellow defender Merih Demiral tested positive for covid-19 on March 26 while away on international duty with Turkey.

Demiral was granted permission to return to Italy on a specially arranged flight and is isolating at the club's J Hotel.

According to reports from Italy, meanwhile, Juve intend to fine a trio of players including Paulo Dybala for breaching coronavirus restrictions by attending a party.