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Last Updated: June 20th 2020, 8:30 pm

Juventus midfielder tested positive for COVID-19

Juventus have confirmed on Tuesday  that the French midfielder Blaise Matuidi has tested positive for coronavirus.


Matuidi has become the second Juventus player infected with the virus after Daniele Rugani was confirmed as their first player who tested positive last Wednesday.


The French World Cup-winning midfielder has been in self-isolation since 11 March.


Like Daniele Rugani, Matuidi's test has come back positive despite the fact that the player did not develop any symptoms.



Juventus released a statement in which they described the condition of the 32-year old player: "Blaise Matuidi has undergone medical tests that have revealed his positivity to the coronavirus-COVID-19.


"The player, as of Wednesday March 11, has been in voluntary home isolation. He will continue to be monitored and will follow the same regime. He is well and is asymptomatic."


Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made an announcement earlier in the month that all sport in Italy would be suspended until April 3 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina stated that it is not realistic to expect to resume the football at the start of next month.


Euro 2020 was due to start in Italy's capital Rome on June 12, but on Tuesday UEFA came up with the decision to postpone the tournament until the summer of 2021.


Italy is the country which got more heavily affected by the virus that China. There are 32,000 cases recorded in Italy, where 2,503 deaths have occurred.