Thursday, 12 March 2020

Centre-back Daniele Rugani 'fine' after positive virus test

Daniele Rugani

 Italy centre-back Daniele Rugani says he is "fine" after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Serie A side activated "all the isolation procedures required by law", including for those who have come into contact with Rugani.

All sport in Italy is suspended until 3 April, with the country in lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.

"You've read the news, so I want to reassure everyone who's worried about me, I'm fine," Rugani said on Twitter.

"I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinction! Let's do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us."

Reuters have reported the entire Juventus squad will spend two weeks in quarantine.

Juventus are still due to host Lyon in the Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday.

Rugani has made  seven appearances for Juventus this season and was an unused substitute in his side's last match win over Inter Milan held behind closed doors on Sunday.

Inter, whose Europa League game against Getafe that was set for Thursday has been postponed, said that "all competitive activities are suspended until further notice" following Rugani's positive test.

They added: "The club is taking steps to prepare all necessary procedures."

Meanwhile, Rugani's Welsh clubmate Aaron Ramsey is likely to miss his country's friendlies this month as a result of the nationwide lockdown in Italy.

Rugani has won four Serie A titles with Juve and played for Italy seven times, last featuring for the national team in 2018.

On Sunday he posted a photograph from the dressing room as he celebrated Juve's win over Inter with his team-mates.

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