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Juve defender, Rugani, tests positive for coronavirus

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The Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.

“The footballer, Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for coronavirus-Covid-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” Juve said in a statement.

Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him.”

Rugani has made seven appearances for Juventus this season – the last being in the 2-1 win against Spal on 22 February – but was an unused substitute for Juventus on Sunday in their behind-closed-doors victory against Internazionale. Rugani was also seen training with the first team on Tuesday, reports Reuters.

Juve are due to take on Lyon in a Champions League quarter-final second leg next week, with European and internaional competition excluded from Italy’s domestic ban on all sport until April 3.

The news of Rugani’s condition could throw more pressure on UEFA to rearrange Juventus’s match with Lyon, with two Europa League matches involving other Italian clubs, Milan and Roma, being postponed.

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