Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
This is according to a local health department in the Chinese city of Jinan.
Fellaini, who was asymptomatic, did not have a fever and has been placed in quarantine.
The ex-Belgium international, who joined Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng in January last year from Manchester United returned to China on Friday to join up with his club and tested positive for the coronavirus, his club Shandong Luneng have confirmed on Sunday.
The 32-year-old is the first player in the country’s top-flight to have returned a positive test for COVID-19.
The Chinese Super League pushed was back indefinitely due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, having been previously scheduled to begin on February 22.
Dear friends, I have been tested for coronavirus and my test result is positive. Thanks to the fans, medical staff and the club for their care and attention. I will follow the treatment and hope to return to the game as soon as possible. Please everyone stay safe.?????? pic.twitter.com/xTczNLoz1w
— Marouane Fellaini (@Fellaini) March 22, 2020
OTHER PLAYERS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
“Paulo Dybala has undergone medical tests that revealed a positive result for Coronavirus-COVID19. He has been in voluntary home isolation since Wednesday 11 March. He will continue to be monitored, following the usual regime. He is well and is asymptomatic,” Juve said in a statement seen by Game Yetu.
Dybala is the third Juve star to test positive for Covid-19, after centre back Daniele Rugani and World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi.
AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini
AC Milan revealed on Saturday Paolo Maldini, the club’s technical director and legendary captain, tested positive for coronavirus. Maldini received the results of a swab test on Saturday.
His son Daniel, a forward in Milan’s youth team who had previously been training with the first team, also tested positive.
“Paolo and Daniel are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities,” Milan said in a statement.
Juventus – Blaise Matuidi
Juventus confirmed on Tuesday Matuidi was the second Juve player to be diagnosed with coronavirus after Daniele Rugani was confirmed as their first case last week.
A statement released by the Italian club read: “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.”
World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic last week.