The Copa America will now be hosted in Brazil as Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos nervously awaits the outcome of a positive Covid-19 test.

Ibrox star Morelos was named in the Colombia squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers with Peru and Argentina and has one eye on a spot in the squad for the South American tournament.

Rangers Colombia v Venezuela - South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022

Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has 10 caps and one goal for Colombia and will have one eye on the Copa America if he can recover from Covid-19 in time. (Photo by Raul Arboleda-Pool/Getty Images)

But after the striker tested positive for the virus he was forced into quarantine with his spot in Los Cafeteros squad in doubt depending on the player’s recovery.

However, there is cause for optimism after the Colombian national team released a statement claiming the striker was in “good health”.


Colombia was originally supposed to be one of the host nation’s for the tournament but had its status removed amid growing political unrest in the country.

This is due to planned tax and healthcare reforms by President Ivan Duque and you can read more about this HERE.

Now the continent has been rocked by the news that the second host nation – Argentina – have also been forced to pull out as hosts of the tournament.

Due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in Argentina – the country went into a nine-day lockdown on May 22nd after recording 35k cases a day – the tournament will now be hosted in Brazil [BBC Sport].

Brazil v Peru: Final - Copa America Brazil 2019

Brazil won the 2019 Copa America, defeating Peru 3-1 in the Final. (Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)

The Seleção are the current holders of the competition but when it comes to Covid, Brazil has the second-most deaths in the world and one of the highest number of infected on Planet Earth.

Rangers fans will be hoping the tournament goes ahead in the country without a hitch, especially if Alfredo Morelos makes the Colombia squad, especially as a leading broadcaster is set to screen the games.

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