Rugani says he’s fine after testing positive for coronavirus

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has said he is fine and urged people not to worry after becoming the first footballer in the Serie A to test positive for coronavirus.

The 25-year-old is currently not showing any symptoms of the disease according to Juventus although they are “currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him”.

“I want to reassure all those who are worried about me, I’m fine,” Rugani wrote on social media.

“At this moment, however, I feel even more duty to thank all the doctors and nurses who are struggling in hospitals to cope with this crisis.

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“I invite 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.”

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The coronavirus has already killed 827 people in Italy making it the second most stricken country in the world after China. 12,000 people are reportedly infected including several players in Serie C.

Juventus last faced Inter Milan and Rugani was on the bench. Regardless, Inter Milan announced on Wednesday that “all competitive activities have been suspended until further notice” due to Rugani’s positive test.

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“The club is currently taking steps to put all the necessary procedures into place,” the Milan club said.

Juventus are due to host Lyon in the return leg of their round of 16 clash in the UCL behind closed doors in Turin next Tuesday. Meanwhile, all sports in Italy have been suspended until April 3 although UCL and Europa games are under UEFA’s jurisdiction.

The European football governing body has already called off tWO Europa League games. Inter Milan were to host Getafe while Roma were to travel to face Sevilla. Barcelona will host Napoli next Wednesday and it remains to be seen if the game will hold.

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