Daniele Rugani Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Friday, 13 Mar, 2020

Juventus have announced that Italy centre-back Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Italian soccer team released a statement on their website confirming the news.

Juventus released a statement on Wednesday saying, "The footballer, Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is now asymptomatic".

The club said Rugani and "those who have had contact with him" are being isolated.

There is no word on when Rugani caught the virus and if he was exposed to other players but it's likely that anyone who came in contact with him in the past few weeks will be quarantined.

Ronaldo got the news while visiting his ill mother in Madeira, who he had flown to be with after his side's win over Inter last Sunday.

The Bianconeri had a training session today, so this would effectively mean putting the entire squad and staff into quarantine.

Serie A has been suspended until at least 3 April, while LaLiga is also postponed for the upcoming two gameweeks. I invite everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions!

A few weeks back, King Paul Akpan Udoh, an Italian-Nigerian footballer who now plays as a forward for Pontedera, on loan from Juventus, was reported as the first professional football player to test positive to the virus.

Italy is by far the worst affected country in Europe by the coronavirus, with more than 12,000 confirmed cases and 827 deaths, by Thursday afternoon. "Let's do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us", his post read.

Rugani, a four-time Serie A victor, posted a photo on Twitter following Juventus' win over Inter, showing the Italian worldwide celebrating with his team-mates in the dressing room.

Prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Wednesday that all shops in the country, except grocery stores and pharmacies, would be closed.

Inter Milan's Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku (L) celebrates with Inter Milan's Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs Inter Milan on September 21, 2019 at the San Siro stadium in Milan.