Dy­bala tests pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus

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JU­VEN­TUS and Argentina soc­cer for­ward Paulo Dy­bala has tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus but has no symp­toms, the Ital­ian Serie A club said on Satur­day, mak­ing him one of the most high-pro­file play­ers to be in­fected so far.

“The player, in vol­un­tary home iso­la­tion since March 11, will con­tinue to be mon­i­tored,” the Turin club said in a state­ment. “He is well and asymp­to­matic.”

He is the third player at the club, one of the big­gest in Europa and Italy’s most suc­cess­ful in do­mes­tic terms, to test pos­i­tive after mid­fielder Blaise Ma­tu­idi, a World Cup win­ner with France in 2018, and de­fender Daniele Ru­gani. Italy is Europe’s worst-af­fected coun­try by the coro­n­avirus and the death toll has leapt by 793 to 4 825, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.

Around a dozen Serie A play­ers have been re­ported as test­ing pos­i­tive with Sam­p­do­ria and Fiorentina the other clubs af­fected.

The 26-year-old, nick­named “the Jewel”, joined Ju­ven­tus from Palermo in 2015 and has won a Serie A ti­tle in each of his sea­sons at the club. He has played 29 times for Argentina.

Dy­bala said on Instagram that his fiance had also tested pos­i­tive. “Luck­ily, we are in per­fect con­di­tion,” he said.

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