Juventus, The Serie A title holders in Italy have confirmed that France World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi has tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19. The club said he has been in voluntary isolation since 11 March and is “well and asymptomatic” just as Paul Pogba sends support.
Matuidi, 32, is the second Juventus player to be confirmed to have the virus, following centre-back Daniele Rugani last week.
In an emotional Instagram post, Matuidi wrote:
“I am positive.
Usually I like to think I’m positive. Someone who tries to radiate good waves around him, my family, my friends, my team-mates.
Today I remain positive. I am an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, aware of the privilege of being a professional footballer and as such benefit from regular and excellent medical monitoring.
If it weren’t, I probably never would have known.”
All domestic sporting activity in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April.
Matuidi became the second Juventus senior player from the Italian giants to test positive for coronavirus amid the pandemic in Italy and the rest of the world as even the US struggles with the outbreak.
Daniele Rugani, 25, had been the first Juventus player to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). He is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for the Serie A club and the Italy national team
Paul Pogba pays tribute to Blaise Matuidi after positive coronavirus test by wearing Juventus shirt
In a clip on his Instagram page, Pogba trained wearing a Juventus jersey with ‘Matuidi 14’ on the back.
Fellow Man United man Victor Lindelof also features in the video – and the Swede trained in a Sampdoria shirt with ‘Ekdal 6’ in support of his fellow Sweden star Albin Ekdal.
Pogba, who used to play for Juventus and has been regularly linked with a return, is working his way back to fitness following an ankle injury which kept him out for most of the season before it was suspended by coronavirus.
The Red Devils star has been active in the fight against coronavirus, offering football fans advice on how to behave during the crisis.
While Pogba was not team-mates with Matuidi during his time at Juventus, the pair are close friends due to their exploits with the World Cup-winning French national team.
Pogba’s Instagram post read:
“I am positive, I am strong, morale is good, that of my family too.
I am positive, we will come out collectively stronger from this test, it will teach us to know each other better, to be more united, more generous, better.
Thank you for your messages of friendship and support. Let’s stay disciplined and united so that we can soon cuddle our children, take our parents in their arms, check our brothers and sisters and celebrate goals with our teammates.
I am positive, we will do it.”
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