Sporting Lisbon’s showcase pre-season friendly against Napoli has been scrapped due to three players for the home team contracting coronvirus.

The match, which was initially scheduled to be broadcast tonight on Sky Sports, will not be played due to the presence of three players in the squad, and fears the virus could have been passed on. 

Accordino to Portuguese outlet ABola all three Sporting Lisbon players who tested positive for COVID-19 are asymptomatic and currently in isolation. 

Three Sporting Lisbon players, who have not been named, have tested positive for covid-19

Three Sporting Lisbon players, who have not been named, have tested positive for covid-19

Three Sporting Lisbon players, who have not been named, have tested positive for covid-19

Napoli are now said to be aggrieved after missing out on some key physical preparation, and having spent time focusing on the match with over 48 hours of technical, tactical and physical training. 

Napoli had already arrived in Portugal and were ready to play the match in Lisbon trying to win the Troféu Cinco Violinos.

Napoli had already travelled to Lisbon and prepared thoroughly for the match

Napoli had already travelled to Lisbon and prepared thoroughly for the match

Napoli had already travelled to Lisbon and prepared thoroughly for the match

It was to be a match in which Arkadiusz Milik would not have taken part, after the striker was not even named in the squad after being placed on the transfer list.

Genaro Gattuso’s squad will now return to Italy, and seek out other options of opponent before the resumption of the Serie A top flight.

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