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20 players from River Plate are positive for COVID-19

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Five more players at River Plate have passed tests for COVID-19, raising the total number of the powerful Argentine club to 20 cases in the team.

The impact is so great that River Plate does not have any of its four fit goalkeepers fit for the Copa Libertadores match on Wednesday against Colombia’s Santa Fe.

River Plate issued a statement Monday saying Lucas Beltran, Flabian Londoño Bedoya, Gonzalo Montiel, Leonardo Ponzio and Alex Vigo were the last to test positive for the virus.

The other 15 cases were revealed on Saturday before the Superclassico against Boca Juniors in the quarterfinals of the Argentine League Cup. Boca won on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the regular time. CONMEBOL, which runs South American football, allows clubs to have teams of up to 50 players. River Plate now has 32, including several players on the youth team.

Argentine media reported that the club will ask CONMEBOL to postpone the match. River Plate is second in Group D of the Copa Libertadores with six points from four games, two behind Brazilian leader Fluminense. Colombian clubs Junior de Barranquilla are three points and Santa Fe is two points.

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