- Alvaro Morata has been quite impressive since returning to Italy to join Juventus
- The striker has however been diagnosed with a lifelong disease called Cytomegalovirus
- Reports say quite a number of persons are unaware of their carrier status for this disease
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has been diagnosed with a lifelong disease Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and research has however identified it to be harmless.
The striker felt faint and needed to lie down after their Champions League loss to Porto on February 17.
It virus is related to the herpes virus that leads to cold, sores and chickenpox. Quite a number of persons are unaware of their carrier status for this disease and do not even realize the impact until are diagnosed.
Its mode of transmission is via close contact but can only be passed on when it is 'active'.
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Speaking on the situation, Juventus’ chief football officer Fabio Paratici told Sky Sports via SunSport:
"This has prevented him from training constantly and he has lost his condition a bit.
"He is a top-level player and an extraordinary guy. Now he will be back in a position where he will be able to give us a hand in the season finale."
Recall that the game between Juventus and Crotone ended 3-0 on Monday and Alvaro Morata was substituted on in the 76th minute.
The manager, Pirlo followed up by saying:
"Alvaro Morata is getting better, and he has an intestinal virus. We hope that he can play tomorrow."
Last summer, Alvaro Morata returned to Italy to join reigning Serie A champions Juventus on a one-year loan deal as the contract also has the option of making the move permanent.
The Spanish footballer who has played for several top clubs in Europe in recent years is returning to Italy where he had one of the biggest moments of his career.
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However, Legit.ng earlier reported that Spanish giants Real Madrid have lavished not less than €300,000 (about N140million) in their attempt to beat rivals Barcelona to reaching 100million Facebook followers.
Both clubs have taken their El Clasico rivalry beyond football as they are now at war as regards who becomes the first to boast of more number of followers on the platform.
So far, Los Blancos seem to have won the fight and now boast 110million Facebook followers compared to Barcelona's 103million.
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