AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli tests positive for coronavirus and goes into quarantine as he looks set to miss Napoli clash

SERIE A leaders AC Milan have confirmed coach Stefano Pioli's positive test for coronavirus.

The Italian, 55, is showing no symptoms but could miss next weekend's big clash with Napoli.

A club statement on Saturday read: "AC Milan announces that Stefano Pioli has tested positive following a quick test carried out this morning.

"The health authorities have been informed, and the coach, who is currently showing no symptoms, has gone into quarantine at home.

"All other tests carried out by the squad and staff came back negative.

"As a result, today's training session has been cancelled. Training ahead of the match with Napoli will resume on Monday, subject to the checks set out in the federal protocol."

Milan have been on top form under Pioli since the turn of the year, dispelling the club's plans to install Ralf Rangnick as coach.

On November 22, the Rossoneri host third-placed Napoli with a three-point gap back to Gennaro Gattuso's side.

And Pioli's diagnosis is not the first time coronavirus has threatened to derail Milan's title bid.

Last month, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jens Petter Hauge returned positive tests, along with three members of coaching staff.

Star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive for the illness in September following the infections of Daniel Maldini, Matteo Gabbia and Leo Duarte.

The Swede missed a total of four games, including two in Serie A, and yet remains the division's top scorer.

Last Sunday's clash with Hellas Verona saw Ibrahimovic continue his run of scoring in every league game he has played by netting a late equaliser at the San Siro.

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