MILAN — Juventus star Paulo Dybala revealed on Wednesday that he has been given the all-clear six weeks after contracting coronavirus, but Serie A rivals Torino confirmed that one of their players had tested positive.
“Many people talked in the past weeks … but I can finally confirm that I am healed. Thank you once again for your support and my thoughts on all who are still suffering from it. Take care,” tweeted the 26-year-old Argentina forward.
But city rivals Torino revealed that an unnamed player had been diagnosed with COVID-19 during testing of players and staff as Serie A teams return to individual training this week.
“The football player, currently asymptomatic, was immediately placed in quarantine and will be constantly monitored.”
Torino has been one of the clubs to express concerns about a return to competition as Italy grapples with a pandemic that has killed nearly 30,000 people in the country.
Rugani was the first Italian top-flight footballer diagnosed with the virus on March 11. Both he and World Cup winner Matuidi recovered mid-April.
Dybala was diagnosed on March 22, along with his girlfriend Oriana, who recovered sooner from the disease.
Italian champions Juventus also confirmed that their Argentine star had recovered.
“The player has, therefore, recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”
On Thursday, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) will meet the government’s Technical Scientific Committee to discuss the medical protocol for group training scheduled on May 18.
But sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora warned that it was “impossible to set a date” for a return to Serie A action before seeing how the contagion evolves over the coming weeks.