Coronavirus cases mount in football

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Star Uruguay forward Luis Suarez has tested positive for COVID-19, ruling him out of a World Cup qualifier and almost certainly Atletico Madrid's La Liga clash with his former club Barcelona on the weekend.

Suarez, goalkeeper Rodrigo Munoz and a staff member will miss Uruguay's home match against Brazil on Tuesday, the Uruguayan Football Association said.

"All three mentioned are in good healthy state and have already implemented the measures needed for the case," the Uruguayan FA said on social media.

Other members of the squad had all tested negative.

Besides missing Suarez and Munoz, Uruguay are already without goalkeeper Martin Silva, defenders Sebastian Coates and Matias Vina, midfielder Federico Valverde and striker Maxi Gomez for the match - Vina was also infected with COVID-19.

Suarez is the latest high-profile player to test positive for the virus during an international break, after Liverpool's Mohamed Salah was infected while on duty with Egypt and is in self-isolation.

On Monday, Egypt confirmed Salah was not the only Pharaohs player to contract the virus with Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny now isolating after he tested positive while on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Tottenham defender Matt Doherty and Stoke winger James McClean have been isolated from the rest of the Ireland squad after testing positive for COVID-19 while away for Nations League action in Wales.

Meanwhile, sixteen people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks on players and club staff in the Premier League.

It is the highest number of positive tests recorded in a single week since testing began before the return of football in June after the sport's suspension amid the pandemic.

The people who have tested positive, whose names have not been disclosed by the league, must self-isolate for 10 days.

A total of 68 people have tested positive for the virus in 11 rounds of testing this Premier League season.

In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles will again prohibit fans from attending home games at Lincoln Financial Field because of a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the city.

The Eagles did not allow fans into their first two games of this season before allowing a maximum of 7,500 people - including players, coaches, staff and media - into their past three games.

The Cleveland Browns had a second yet-to-be-identified player test positive for the virus and closed their facility to conduct contact tracing.