Juventus star Paulo Dybala has tested positive for COVID-19 for the fourth time in six weeks, claims Spanish programme El Chiringuito.
Dybala confirmed via Instagram on March 21 that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini both tested positive for the coronavirus.
This came after Juve players Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi also contracted the virus.
According to El Chiringuito, Dybala has undergone four tests over the last six weeks and the most recent was positive.
It would mean he has not been able to shake off the disease and might require more intensive treatment.
Considering Juventus are meant to get back to training from May 4 to May 18, that also puts a spanner in the works for La Joya’s chances of playing.
The 26-year-old wouldn’t be alone, as Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello tested positive, then negative, then positive again.
The most likely next step would be a blood test to see if Dybala has developed antibodies, and if so, how many of them.
The news that Dybala is struggling to shake the illness will come as a worry to Italian league officials, who have allowed all Serie A teams to return to training on Monday, May 4.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced players would be able to ‘undertake training individually from May 4’ before they’d be allowed to train in groups two weeks later.