Alvaro Morata Diagnosed With Lifelong Virus After Feeling Ill During A Match
Juventus forward Alvaro Morata has been diagnosed with a lifelong virus after feeling faint at the end of Juventus's defeat to Porto.
Manager Andrea Pirlo revealed the Spaniard complained about feeling ill after last week's 2-1 loss in the Champions League.
Per The Sun, the 28-year-old has been diagnosed with Cytomegalovirus (CMV) which will remain in his body for the rest of his life.
Luckily, the virus is usually harmless and can reside in people without being diagnosed.
Common symptoms are similar to the flu and it can only be contracted when 'active'.
Morata was limited to 27 minutes off the bench vs Porto and Pirlo explained: "Morata wasn't in good shape before, then was sore at the end too, so we'll see.
Morata hasn't been at his best since returning from a bout of flu. He was only playing tonight because we needed him.
"He felt ill in the locker room afterwards, he felt faint and needed a lie down, so he is not doing well.
Meanwhile, chief football officer Fabio Paratici told Sky Sports Italy: "We play a lot, it is difficult to keep a constant performance in a normal season, let alone this one.
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"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 were back in action against Crotone on Monday night and Morata once again came off the bench in a 3-0 win.
The star of the show was Cristiano Ronaldo, who put a poor performance against Porto behind him with a lovely brace.
'CR7' gave his side the lead in the 38th minute with a well-placed header but it was his extraordinary leap eight minutes later that grabbed the headlines.
Portugal's captain saw a long-range effort palmed away by Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz but he never gave up on the chance and, after Aaron Ramsey crossed it into the box, Ronaldo found space and lept like a salmon to make it two.
Noboby has scored more headed goals in football history than the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and this one in particular was one of his best.
Weston McKennie also got himself on the scoresheet as Juve hope to keep pace with Serie A leaders Inter Milan.
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