Football: Juventus defender Rugani tests positive for coronavirus

Football: Juventus defender Rugani tests positive for coronavirus

Juventus' Italian defender Daniele Rugani (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Chievo during the Italian Serie A football match. (Marco BERTORELLO/AFP)

MILAN: Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A champions announced on Wednesday (Mar 11).

The 25-year-old "has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic", the Turin club said in a statement.

"Juventus is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him," the team added.

Rugani played in matches against Brescia and SPAL in February and was on the bench for Sunday's home game against Inter Milan.

Juventus are due to host French club Lyon in a Champions League last 16, second leg clash behind closed doors in Turin next Tuesday.

All sports in Italy have been suspended until Apr 3, including Serie A football, but Champions League and Europa League matches are under the jurisdiction of UEFA.

Italy's 60 million residents are in lockdown in a desperate bid to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 827 in the country in just over two weeks.

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On Wednesday the death toll in Europe's worst-affected country jumped by 196 in 24 hours to 827. Confirmed cases across Italy rose to 12,462 from a previous 10,149.

Four players at third tier Pianese had previously tested positive for the virus.

Rugani joined Juventus from Empoli in 2013 although he then returned to Empoli on loan. He has been at Juve since 2015.

He played for Italy at youth levels and has won seven caps for the senior national side.

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Source: Agencies/de/jt