Juventus striker, Alvaro Morata has now been diagnosed with Cytomegalovirus
(CMV) which stays in the body for the duration of your life.
However, it is common and usually harmless and can cause flu-like symptoms – similar to
those the Spaniard was exhibiting.
CMV is related to the herpes virus that causes cold sores and chickenpox but many
people will carry it without realizing it.
It is transmitted via close contact but can only be passed on when it is ‘active’ – usually
when you first contract the virus.
Morata only played 27 minutes off the bench in midweek but had just come back after
suffering a bout of flu.
Juve chief football officer Fabio Paratici told Sky Sport in Italy: “We play a lot, it is
difficult to keep a constant performance in a normal season, let alone this one.
“They also had a lot of small problems. First, he had flu, now an intestinal disorder.
“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.”
Juventus beat Crotone 3-0 on Monday and Morata was subbed on in the 76th minute.
On Sunday, Pirlo said: “Alvaro Morata is getting better, he has an intestinal virus.
“We hope that he can play tomorrow.”