Juventus forward Paolo Dybala says he is still not feeling at his best after testing positive for coronavirus four times.
The 26-year-old became one of the first high-profile figures in football to contract the virus when he announced on March 21 that he and his girlfriend Oriana had tested positive.
Despite self-isolating he continued to suffer symptoms and tested positive a total of four times.
Dybala recently took part in a FIFA 20 tournament for charity, and speaking to Tottenham’s Dele Alli on an Instagram Live video he admitted he was not yet at full fitness ahead of the return of Serie A.
“I had coronavirus, but I feel much better now,” Dybala said. “I am still not quite at 100 per cent, but I’m pretty good. We’ve started training again and football is coming back, so soon we will be able to do what we love the most.”
Dybala was in fine form for Juventus before football was suspended, and had scored seven goals and created four assists in Serie A to help his side to a first place position.
Juve are due to return to action with a Coppa Italia game against AC Milan on Friday, followed by a Serie A match against Bologna on June 22.
Speaking about football’s imminent return, Dybala added: “I hope we can have fun and entertain. I think it will be useful because we will have many consecutive football matches, and people like us who love this wonderful sport will have the opportunity to watch a different game every day.”
Dybala was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, with the likes of Tottenham said to be among those interested, and it remains to be seen if he is the subject of another bid from England in the coming months