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Italian soccer club Juventus announces defender Daniele Rugani tests positive for coronavirus



Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A club have confirmed.

The club said the 25-year-old defender is currently not showing signs of any COVID-19 symptoms, but have confirmed that he has contracted the illness.


Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including the census of those who have had contact with him.”

Rugani, a four-time Serie A winner, posted a photo on Twitter following Juventus’ win over Inter, showing the Italian international celebrating with his team-mates in the dressing room.

Inter suspend all competitive activities after announcement

Inter also made the following statement on Wednesday: “Following Juventus FC’s announcement that their player Daniele Rugani has tested positive for COVID-19, FC Internazionale announce that all competitive activities have been suspended until further notice.

“The Club is currently taking steps to put all the necessary procedures into place.”

Italy has been put on lockdown this week due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the number of dead nationally has risen by 196 to 827 in a day – a jump of 31 per cent.

Turin-based side Juventus play in the capital of the Italian region of Piedmont in northern Italy, close to the epicentre of the virus outbreak in Bergamo.


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On Wednesday, Serie A advised the league’s clubs not involved in UEFA competitions to suspend training for seven days.

Players of the 20 top-flight sides have been informed that they will receive further specific instructions on what behaviour is expected of them.

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that all sporting fixtures including all Serie A matches are suspended until at least April 3 due to coronavirus fears.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) admitted on Tuesday the Serie A season might not finish because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Juventus are still due to face Lyon in the round-of-16 in the Champions League on March 17 at the Allianz Stadium, behind closed doors.

Inter versus Getafe and Sevilla against Roma in the Europa League have both been postponed this week.

Meanwhile, Hannover 96 player Timo Hubers is in quarantine after being infected with the virus.

Rugani, who has made seven appearances in all competitions for Juventus this season, was named as a substitute during the club’s last game, a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on March 8 which took place behind closed doors.

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