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:
"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.