Napoli will not travel to Juventus for Serie A clash due to positive COVID-19 tests - sources

Napoli will not travel to Turin for their Serie A clash with Juventus on Sunday after two of their players tested positive for COVID-19, sources have told ESPN.

Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas returned positive results following routine coronavirus tests and the entire Napoli squad is in isolation.

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The Campania region has seen a recent spike in coronavirus cases and local authorities have not allowed the team to travel, according to ESPN sources.

Sources said the plane was on the runway and ready to take off for Turin, as they awaited a response to their request to travel as there can be exceptions made to the rule.

The game has not been called off by Serie A and Juve are preparing to take to the field despite the absence of their opponents, sources said. This would result in a 3-0 victory for Andrea Pirlo's side.

Napoli had requested the match be postponed and replayed at a later date, but that was rejected by Serie A.

In a statement, the league officials said: "The same rule was applied to other cases in the past and, for instance, it allowed Torino to play against Atalanta, Milan's trip to Crotone, Genoa's away game at the San Paolo vs. Napoli and Atalanta's home match against Cagliari.

Napoli's previous opponents Genoa had 10 players test positive following their clash on Sunday, which resulted in the postponement of this weekend's clash with Torino.

However, all of Napoli's players tested negative in the immediate aftermath, before Zielinski and later Elmas returned positive results.