Explained: why Szczesny won’t play against Inter

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will start on the bench against Inter because he hasn’t yet received the COVID certificate.

The so-called ‘Green pass’ is mandatory for Serie A players since January 10.

Every person receives a valid green pass 15 days after the first dose.

This means the Poland international didn’t get the first jab until less than two weeks ago.

“Mattia Perin will start in goal as Szczesny still doesn’t have the Green Pass,” Allegri said at a press conference.

“All the players are vaccinated, but Tek was the last one and he will arrive at the stadium at the last moment, so he will go on the bench.”

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Szczesny will need to undergo further tests before entering the stadium, so he won’t be allowed to join the rest of the group until a few minutes before the kick-off.

The Serie A protocol states that players without a green pass won’t be allowed to travel to the stadium with the team. However, players in the same situation as Szczesny can join the team once they have a negative swab test.

Szczesny should be available from the next Serie A game against Udinese.

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