While leagues such as the Premier League were ravaged by the effects of the Omnicron Covid-19 variant in recent weeks, Serie A managed to stay relatively unaffected, with only one match (Salernitana vs Udinese) postponed.
However, worries are beginning to grow in recent days. League-wide, dozens of players have now contracted the virus, and Salernitana’s next match against Venezia is also in danger of postponement.
Fiorentina has not been unscathed by the virus. Five days ago, the club released a statement that one player and three staff members tested positive. Just yesterday, the club announced that another player had tested positive. Because Riccardo Sottil and Marco Benassi are the only two players not currently accounted for at training, rumors suggest that those two are the ones infected, but we can’t say for sure. According to the club, neither player came into contact with any other player, so hopefully, this is the last we hear of Covid with regards to the men’s first team.
On the women’s side of things, the club announced today that four female players had tested positive for Covid, who also were isolated tests. Thus, the squad does not have to go to a bubble yet.
For the Primavera, back on December 16, six Primavera players tested positive for the virus. This led to the postponement of the Primavera’s match against SPAL. Just today, the club also announced that further Primavera and U-18 squad members were positive.
Serie A mandating that all players must have a Covid vaccine by January 10th will help slow the spread of the virus, but with how transmissible Omnicron is, there’s still a good chance we see further outbreaks in the coming weeks. We’ll have to wait and see how Omnicron affects the league as a whole, but as of right now let’s just hope the Fiorentina players who have the virus are alright.