CM – Copa America: Ecuador midfielder Diaz has COVID-19 ahead of Brazil game


The Ecuadorian team announced on social media that Damian Diaz was in « great conditions, isolated » and that he was the only player in the squad who tested positive for COVID-19. – AP

Ecuador midfielder Damian Diaz tested positive for coronavirus the day before the Copa America game against Brazil.

Diaz is in « great conditions, isolated, » Ecuador said on social media. The team added that he was the only player in the squad who tested positive.

Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela compete for the last two places in the quarter-finals of the Copa America

Ecuador will qualify for the quarter-finals if they defeat championship leaders and defending champions Brazil in Group B on Sunday at the Eastadio Olimpico in Goiania. The hosts are expected not to field a full squad as they have already led the group.

CONMEBOL said on Friday that there were 166 known COVID-19 cases at the Copa America, from all tests to the last Monday. Most of the cases were outsourced workers who had not yet been vaccinated. CONMEBOL said it had no control over why these people didn’t get their injections.


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