Arsenal star Lucas Torreira’s mum has died after a battle with Covid-19.
Viviana Di Pascua, 53, was recently admitted to intensive care after contracting the coronavirus in Uruguay.
Torreira, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, was given special permission by the La Liga club to fly home to Frey Bentos to be by her side.
Gunners midfielder Torreira contracted Covid-19 himself back in November 2020 following international duty.
Torreira was the national team’s twelfth individual among players and staff to receive a positive result at the time.
The 25-year-old was forced to miss two weeks of football, including a La Liga clash with Barcelona.
A statement read at the time: “Lucas Torreira underwent PCR tests upon his arrival in Madrid after returning from the concentration with the Uruguayan team following the usual protocol when our internationals rejoin after their commitments with their country.
“The analysis of these samples has been positive for Covid-19.
“Our footballer has no symptoms and remains isolated at home complying with the corresponding quarantine following the protocols of the health authorities.”
Torreira was also the third Arsenal star to contract the coronavirus behind Mohamed Elneny and then Gunners star Sead Kolasinac.