March 12, 2020 / 8:47 AM / a month ago

'I'm fine,' says Juventus player Rugani after testing positive for coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus Press Conference - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - April 9, 2019 Juventus' Daniele Rugani during the press conference REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw/File Photo

MILAN (Reuters) - Juventus defender Daniele Rugani said he was fine on Thursday, shortly after his club said he had tested positive for coronavirus, the first player in Serie A to do so.

The Turin side are one of Europe’s biggest clubs with a squad that includes five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently in his native Madeira.

“You’ve read the news, so I want to reassure everyone who’s worried about me, I’m fine,” Rugani said on Twitter.

“I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinction! Let’s do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us.”

Rugani, who is not a regular first team player, has made seven appearances this season, including two in February. He was on the bench for Sunday’s game against Inter Milan.

A source close to Juventus said the entire squad will have to spend two weeks in quarantine, meaning they would not be able to face Olympique Lyonnais in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on March 17.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by David Goodman

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