Sevilla’s Nemanja Gudelj, who tested positive for COVID-19 has said that he is “perfectly fine” and has no symptoms.
“Good afternoon everybody, after confirming my positive Covid-19 test I want to tell you all that I am perfectly fine, I have no symptoms,” Goal.com quoted Gudelj as saying in a video he posted on Twitter.
“I hope to be back with my team-mates soon and help the club reach its goals at the end of this season. Thanks for all your messages of support, we are still here training and we’ll see you soon,” he added.
He was tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of its Europa League last-16 tie against AS Roma, the La Liga club announced by Spanish Soccer club.
Gudelj was asymptomatic and was self-isolating at home. Sevilla said the positive result was discovered on Monday. It immediately informed sports and health authorities and temporarily suspended the team’s training sessions. It also disinfected the club’s facilities in accordance with the strict protocols in place because of the pandemic.
“Sevilla … temporarily suspended the team’s training sessions and carried out disinfection tasks in the facilities, strictly following the protocols established for these situations,” the club said in a statement.
Sevilla is scheduled to face Roma on Aug. 6 in the Europa League.
On Tuesday, Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz tested positive, casting doubt on his participation in its Champions League tie at Manchester City next week.
Spain’s second division side Almeria also announced on Wednesday that a member of its team tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Almeria is set to compete with Real Zaragoza, Girona and Elche in the promotion playoffs after Fuenlabrada was forced to abandon its final match when it confirmed it had 28 positive cases.
There has been a surge in COVID-19 positives in Spain raising concerns from local authorities after the pandemic appeared to be under control. Spanish clubs involved in European competitions had asked the Spanish league to keep testing players weekly in the lead-up to the tournaments.