Juventus defender Daniel Rugani tests positive to Coronavirus. Italian Football club, Juventus’ defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for the coronavirus. The club announced the news in a statement which read :
“The footballer, Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic.
“Juventus football club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him.” Rugani has become the most prominent professional footballer to test positive for the virus thus far.
German club Hannover also announced Wednesday that their defender Timo Hubers tested positive. The current Serie A defending Champions, Juventus said Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated.
The club also announced that their forward Cristiano Ronaldo was still in Portugal attending to a current health emergency” after visiting his mother who had a stroke last week.
Rugani was an unused substitute in the team’s last game, at home against Inter Milan last Sunday. Shortly after Juventus’ announcement, Inter released a statement saying the club had decided to suspend “all competitive activities” until further notice.
Sporting activities in Italy have been suspended because of the outbreak, including games in Serie A and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. This was announced by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a television address Monday.
The virus outbreak has also affected European football at large with Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Manchester City postponed Wednesday.
Juventus are expected to face Lyon in their Champions League round-of-16 second-leg tie. The match is to played behind closed doors in attempts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
Source – iHarare
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