Juventus have announced that centre-back Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19, becoming the first player in Serie A to test positive for the disease.
The 25-year-old Italy international has been placed in quarantine as medics conduct inspections on those with whom Rugani has been in contact including the entire Juventus staff, management and teammates.
Rugani also confirmed that he did indeed test positive for Coronavirus which has forced the Italian government to suspend all sports in the country until April 3, including Serie A football.
“You will have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I’m fine. I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let’s do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us,” said Rugani.
Avrete letto la notizia e per questo ci tengo a tranquillizzare tutti coloro che si stanno preoccupando per me, sto bene.
Invito tutti a rispettare le regole, perché questo virus non fa distinzioni! Facciamolo per noi stessi, per i nostri cari e per chi ci circonda.#grazie pic.twitter.com/1QqewIKjie
— Daniele Rugani (@DanieleRugani) March 12, 2020
Serie A champions, Juventus released a statement on Wednesday that reads as follows:
“The footballer, Daniele Rugani has tested positive for 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.”
The centre-back has only played three League games this season and was on the bench for Juventus in their 2-0 win over Inter Milan on Sunday and also in the Champions League last 16, first leg against Lyon in France on February 26.
After news broke that Rugani had tested positive for the virus, Inter released a statement that stated that ”all competitive activities have been suspended until further notice”.
“The club is currently taking steps to put all the necessary procedures into place,” the Milan club said.
The news could also lead to quarantine for Inter’s players, staff members and coaches as well.
By FARPost Reporter