Coronavirus Outbreak: Juventus star Paulo Dybala tests positive for COVID-19, still 'asymptomatic'

Dybala the third player at the club, one of the biggest in Europe and Italy’s most successful in domestic terms, to test positive after midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a World Cup winner with France in 2018, and defender Daniele Rugani.

Reuters March 22, 2020 08:33:54 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Juventus star Paulo Dybala tests positive for COVID-19, still 'asymptomatic'

Juventus and Argentina's forward Paulo Dybala has tested positive for coronavirus but has no symptoms, the Italian Serie A club said on Saturday, making him one of the most high-profile players to be infected so far.

“The player, in voluntary home isolation since 11 March, will continue to be monitored,” the Turin club said in a statement. “He is well and asymptomatic.”

Coronavirus Outbreak Juventus star Paulo Dybala tests positive for COVID19 still asymptomatic

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala's health will be monitored closely in coming days after the Argentine was tested positive for COVID-19. AP

He is the third player at the club, one of the biggest in Europe and Italy’s most successful in domestic terms, to test positive after midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a World Cup winner with France in 2018, and defender Daniele Rugani.

Italy is Europe’s worst-affected country by the coronavirus and the death toll has leapt by 793 to 4,825, officials said on Saturday.

Around a dozen Serie A players have been reported as testing positive with Sampdoria and Fiorentina the other clubs affected.

The 26-year-old, nicknamed ‘the Jewel’, joined Juventus from Palermo in 2015 and has won a Serie A title in each of his seasons at the club. He has played 29 times for Argentina.

Dybala said on Instagram that his fiance had also tested positive. “Luckily, we are in perfect condition,” he said.

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