Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay has revealed that he has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first La Liga player to confirm he has the virus that has wreaked havoc on global sport.
"It's clear that I have got off to the wrong start in 2020. I've tested positive for the coronavirus, I feel very good and now I just have to listen to the health authorities and for now remain isolated," Garay wrote on his official Instagram account.
The 33-year-old was already ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in February.
A statement from the Spanish club added: "Valencia CF confirm that five positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been detected from first-team players and staff.
"They are all in their homes in good health and with isolation measures.
"Besides from the information that we will provide within the next few hours, the Club reiterates the support to the health authorities in the social awareness campaign for the entire population to stay at home and to continue with all the hygiene and prevention measures already published. "
In line with most major sports worldwide, all organised football in Spain has been postponed for at least two weeks in a bid to prevent further spread of the virus. Spain is the second worst-affected country in Europe after Italy.
Since Saturday, Spain has been in partial lockdown as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the epidemic.
Spain has so far suffered 196 coronavirus deaths and recorded almost 6,400 cases.
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