Blaise Matuidi has recovered from coronavirus
Blaise Matuidi has recovered from coronavirus. Alessandro Di Marco/EPA.

Juventus have announced both Blaise Matuidi and Daniele Rugani have tested negative for the coronavirus after both players were diagnosed with the respiratory illness in mid-March.

Rugani, 25, was one of the first high-profile footballers to test positive for COVID-19 on March 11, shortly followed by team-mate Matuidi, 33, one week later.

Juventus released a statement on Wednesday to confirm both players had successfully recovered following a double-check test and could end their home isolation:

The statement read:

“Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi underwent, as per protocol, a double check with diagnostic tests (swabs) for the Coronavirus-Covid 19. The tests came back with negative results. The players have, therefore, recovered and are no longer subjected to the home isolation regime.”

Italy remains the country affected worst by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 21,000 deaths from over 162,000 confirmed cases as of Wednesday (April 15), per the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The illness has resulted in more than 128,000 deaths from over two million confirmed cases worldwide.

Matuidi—a 2018 FIFA World Cup winner with France—was upbeat despite testing positive for COVID-19. The midfielder was asymptomatic and told his Instagram followers at the time his morale was high regarding his chances of a recovery.

The veteran has maintained that positive approach even while waiting for the all-clear, taking to social media to celebrate his birthday on April 9:

Seven-times capped Italy international Rugani has faced a longer wait to be cleared of the illness, though he too failed to show any symptoms.

Another Juventus player, Paulo Dybala, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21 but recovered faster than his team-mates.