Coronavirus Outbreak: Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini diagnosed with COVID-19

Fellaini, who joined Shandong last January from the English Premier League side, returned to the country on Friday to join up with his club and tested positive for the coronavirus.

Reuters March 22, 2020 15:03:21 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini diagnosed with COVID-19

Hong Kong: Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been diagnosed with COVID-19 following his return to China, the Belgian’s Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng announced on its official website on Sunday.

Fellaini, who joined Shandong last January from the English Premier League side, returned to the country on Friday to join up with his club and tested positive for the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Outbreak Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini diagnosed with COVID19

File image of Marouane Fellaini. Reuters

The former Belgium international did not have a fever and was asymptomatic, the club said, and has now been placed in quarantine.

Chinese football has been hit hard by the outbreak, with the start of the Chinese Super League pushed back indefinitely from its intended 22 February start date.

Fellaini, however, is the first player in the country’s top flight to have returned a positive test for the virus.

Brazilian striker Dori, who plays for second division side Meizhou Hakka, was confirmed as having the virus last week while Spain-based China international Wu Lei said he was recovering from the condition on Saturday.

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