Coronavirus is having a worldwide impact on sports – but which football players and managers have tested positive for COVID-19?
Most League football in the world has been put on hold until further notice, with several other leagues across Europe also being postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The COVID-19 disease, which originally broke out in China, has infected more than two million people worldwide and caused over 180,000 deaths.
Here, Naijaloaded rounded up all of the confirmed cases of the coronavirus in professional football and bring to you 10 known players with the virus.
1. Callum Hudson-Odoi
The 19-year-old Chelsea player displayed symptoms similar to a mild cold on March 12 but confirmed positive on March 13.
The England player his the first Premier League player to test positive for coronavirus.
2. Daniele Rugani
Juventus announced on March 12 that defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus.
Rugani, who also plays for the Italian national team, is the first player in the country’s top football league to test positive for the virus.
3. Blaise Matuidi
On March 17, Juventus and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi tested positive for coronavirus.
The World Cup winner with France in 2018 is the second of Juve’s players to test positive after Daniele Rugani.
According to reports, he is still battling the disease.
4. Ezequiel Garay
Valencia on March 15 announced that five people among the players and staff at Mestalla tested positive for coronavirus, including defenders Ezequiel Garay and Eliaquim Mangala.
The Argentine centre-back Garay, who was due to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament last month, also confirmed his status on Instagram.
5. Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini, the former Manchester United midfielder, was the first known Chinese Super League player to test positive for coronavirus.
Fellaini took a routine test upon his arrival in the Chinese city of Jinan, where he has played for Shandong Luneng since leaving United in January last year. His status was announced on March 22.
6. Paulo Dybala
The Juventus key man tested positive 4 different times within 6 weeks, each coming after he would have recovered and tested negative.
Dybala first contracted the virus march 21st after him and his girlfriend both tested positive to COVID-19.
7. Paul Akpan Udoh
He is an Italian-Nigerian footballer who plays for Pianese in Serie C.
The 22-year-old player is believed to be the first case of a footballer in Europe to be infected with the coronavirus on February 28.
8. Timo Hubers
In Germany, Hannover defender Timo Huberstested positive for coronavirus on March 12.
The club believes the 23-year-old contracted the virus at an event in Hildesheim.
9. Luca Kilian
Paderborn defender Luca Kilian was the first Bundesliga player to contract the disease.
After the positive test of Kilian, 45 Paderborn players and staff underwent a test for coronavirus, of which there were no further positive results.
10. Paolo Maldini
AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini also tested positive for the virus.
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