Manchester United FC

Facundo Pellistri tests positive for COVID-19

Robbie Copeland
Jan 8, 2021, 10:45 AM GMT
Pellistri will miss United's cup fixture this weekend
Pellistri will miss United's cup fixture this weekend / Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Manchester United forward Facundo Pellistri has tested positive for COVID-19, the player's agency has revealed.

Pellistri joined United from Uruguayan side Penarol in October but the 19-year-old is yet to make his senior debut as he adapts to life in England. He has been on the fringes of the first-team, however, and made the bench twice in the Champions League.

There was some hope that he may get a senior run-out this weekend, with United due to break from league duty to face Championship side Watford in the FA Cup. That won't happen now, however, as his representatives TMA have confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement reads: "We inform you that Facundo Pellistri, Manchester United player, and member of the TMA team, tested positive for COVID-19.

"He is doing the corresponding quarantine at home, without symptoms and complying with the physical care indicated by his club. We appreciate the messages received in the last few days. Soon he will be training again with his teammates."

Though Pellistri is yet to play for the first-team, he has trained with the seniors on a regular basis since arriving for close to £10m, and he told United's official website earlier this week that working alongside compatriot Edinson Cavani has been particularly rewarding.

He said: "It's been amazing to train with guys like Rashford, Pogba, Mata and Edi [Cavani], who is very close friends with me.

Pellistri scored against Accrington Stanley in the EFL Trophy
Pellistri scored against Accrington Stanley in the EFL Trophy / Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

"It's amazing for me because I watched them on TV and now I am practising with them. The intensity, the high quality they have, it's great for me to play with them and I improve a lot.

"All the time I speak with Edi and he is a very nice person. He is always trying to be around me, giving me advice and everything that I need. He is there to help me and that is very important for me. I am very happy with that.

"I know he is one of the best players in the world and one of the all-time best players from Uruguay, but he is also a very nice person."