With Chivas ramping up for semi-final action against Club America in the Copa por Mexico, they hit a snag with their head coach catching COVID-19.
Chivas are in pre-season form and getting ready for Apertura 2020 but first comes a semifinal Clasico Nacional against Club America. Things were going well, that was until Chivas coach Luis Fernando Tena tested positive for COVID-19.
In the statement shared on Twitter, Chivas said
"“According to protocol, last Tuesday, July 14, in Chivas we carried out a round of COVID-19 detection tests on the members of the First Team, technical staff, management and staff that will travel this Thursday to CDMX to play the National Classic in the framework of the Semifinal of the Cup for Mexico. This morning we received the results of the 52 tests, among which the one from our Technical Director, Luis Fernando Tena, came out positive. Unlike previous occasions, today the institution publishes the name of our affected member because he agreed to do it, and later we will share his message via social networks.”"
They noted he wouldn’t return until he received double negative test results in the future with a 48-hour difference. In the meantime, he will be isolated, vitals will be monitored, and will be telephone monitored by the club doctor, so he is in good hands. The club also reported he is in good spirits, which is a promising thing to hear.
We sincerely hope he gets better and makes a quick recovery. It is strange timing however with a few members of the club Mazatlan testing positive in the Copa por Mexico right before the Chivas matchup, it makes one question if any of those Mazatlan players or staff that were allowed to partake in the match were at full health or may have been asymptomatic.
Either way, the precautions they have been taking have been good and constant monitoring of players seems to be doing them well. The transparency is refreshing and one would hope it extends into the Liga MX Apertura 2020, which will start later this month.