Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has reached out on social media after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 25-year-old became the first Serie A footballer to test positive for COVID-19, with the news breaking on Wednesday evening.
Italian champions Juve say they are "activating all the isolation procedures required by law", including for those who have come into contact with Rugani.
He has made seven appearances for Juventus this season – the last being in the 2-1 win against Spal on February 22 – but was an unused substitute for on Sunday in their behind-closed-doors victory against Inter Milan.
The whole Juve team is now being placed under quarantine, as well as Inter’s, while others are following suit in other countries.
Serie A was suspended on Tuesday as the virus continues to spread across Italy, with the whole country placed on lockdown.
Late on Wednesday night Rugani posted a message on his Instagram account calling for others to respect the virus whilst reassuring fans that he was feeling fine.
He said: “You will have read the news and that's why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I'm fine.
“At this moment, however, I feel even more duty to thank all the doctors and nurses who are struggling in hospitals to face this emergency.
“I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no exceptions!
“Let's do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us.”
Juventus released a statement on Wednesday evening to notify everyone of Rugani’s positive results.
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“The footballer, Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for coronavirus-Covid-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” they said.
“Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him.”
All sport in Italy has been suspended until April 3, with football matches played behind closed doors last weekend, while the Six Nations rugby fixture involving Italy was called off.
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