Serie A Football Club, Juventus, has confirmed that its midfielder, Blaise Matuidi has tested positive for coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic.
In a statement by the club, “Matuidi has undergone medical tests that have revealed his positivity to the Coronavirus-Covid-19.
“32-year-old Matuidi, who lifted the World Cup in 2018, is currently “in voluntary home isolation”.
iBrandTV reported that Matuidi’s club teammate Daniele Rugani was the first top-flight footballer to be diagnosed with coronavirus last Wednesday, sending the entire team into quarantine.
The 25-year-old Italian was also asymptomatic and is currently self-isolating in a room at the team’s J-Hotel, beside the team’s training centre.
Matuidi had urged his fans to “take care” in a post on Instagram at the weekend.
“In this difficult time for all of us, I just wanted to invite you to follow the official recommendations carefully and to take great care of yourself and your loved ones,” he said.
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“A lot of encouragement and infinite thanks to all the medical and nursing staff. We are with you.”
In total, 12 Serie A players have officially been diagnosed with the illness including seven from Sampdoria and three at Fiorentina.
The virus has killed more than 2,500 people in Italy and infected over 31,000.