Blaise Matuidi tests positive for coronavirus
Blaise Matuidi has tested positive for coronavirus. Peter Powell/Shutterstock.

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has posted an uplifting message after confirming he tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 2018 World Cup winner became the second player to be diagnosed with COVID-19 after the Bianconeri confirmed defender Daniele Rugani returned a positive test.

Matuidi—who has been in self-isolation since last Wednesday following Rugani’s confirmed case—gave his Instagram followers an update on his condition on Wednesday:

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Je suis positif. Habituellement j’aime penser que je suis positif. Quelqu’un qui essaie d’irradier de bonnes ondes autour de lui, ma famille, mes amis, mes coéquipiers. Aujourd’hui je reste positif. Je suis porteur asymptomatique du virus, conscient d’avoir le privilège d’être un footballeur professionnel et de bénéficier à ce titre d’un suivi médical régulier et excellent. Si ce n’était pas le cas, je ne l’aurais sans doute jamais su. Je suis positif, je suis fort, le moral est bon, celui de ma famille aussi. Je suis positif, nous ressortirons collectivement plus forts de cette épreuve, elle va nous apprendre à mieux nous connaitre, à être plus solidaires, plus généreux, meilleurs. Je vous remercie pour vos messages d’amitié et de soutien. Restons disciplinés et unis pour pouvoir bientôt faire des câlins à nos enfants, prendre nos parents dans les bras, checker nos frères et soeurs et célébrer des buts avec nos coéquipiers. Je suis positif, nous allons le faire. Blaise ____ Sono positivo. Abitualmente amo pensare che sono positivo perché sono una persona che cerca di irradiare buone sensazioni attorno a sé, alla mia famiglia, ai miei amici ai miei compagni. Oggi resto positivo. Sono portatore asintomatico del virus, cosciente di avere il privilegio di essere un calciatore professionista e di beneficiare per questo motivo di un monitoraggio sanitario regolare e eccellente. Se non lo fossi stato, forse non avrei mai saputo di esserlo. Sono positivo, sono forte, il mio morale é alto come quello della mia famiglia. Sono positivo, usciremo collettivamente più forti da questa prova, che ci insegnerà a conoscerci meglio, a essere più solidali, più generosi, migliori. Ringrazio tutti voi per i vostri messaggi di amicizia e di sostegno. Restiamo disciplinati e uniti per poter presto tornare a fare le coccole ai nostri figli, abbracciare i nostri genitori, dare la mano ai nostri fratelli e sorelle e festeggiare i gol con i nostri compagni. Sono positivo, ce la faremo. Blaise

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"I am an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, aware that I have the privilege of being a professional footballer and therefore benefit from regular and excellent health monitoring.
"If I had not been, perhaps I would never have known I was. I am positive, I am strong, my morale is as high as that of my family.
"I am positive. I am positive, I am strong, morale is good. I am positive, we will collectively emerge stronger from this test. Thank you for your messages of friendship and support. Let us remain disciplined and united. I am positive, we will do it."

The 32-year-old has been a prominent figure for Maurizio Sarri’s side this season and appeared in 23 of Juve’s 26 Serie A matches before the campaign was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Italy became the initial hotbed for the spread of COVID-19 in Europe and has recorded almost 3,000 deaths as of Wednesday evening, the second highest number after China, per BBC News. It was reported the country saw a rise of 475 cases in a single day, the biggest 24-hour rise since the coronavirus began.

Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his native Madeira in Portugal at the beginning of March to tend to his sick mother. However, it’s been reported he won’t return to Italy until it’s been deemed safe, per the Daily Star.