Juventus take special coronavirus measures to guard heavy smoker Maurizio Sarri

Juventus are pulling out all the stops to protect manager Maurizio Sarri from coronavirus, as the Italian's health is deemed to be a risk.

The former Chelsea boss, 61, is currently in self-isolation after two of his players tested positive for COVID19.

Defender Daniele Rugani was one of the first top-flight European footballers to be diagnosed with the virus earlier this month, and midfielder Blaise Matuidi also tested positive this week.

Sarri has not tested positive for the virus, but as a smoker who can get through 60 cigarettes a day he is quite susceptible to respiratory conditions and lung problems.

The former Napoli boss suffered from pneumonia at the start of this season, forcing him to be absent from the touchline for matches in August and September.

Club staff were able to improve his health on that occasion, and they are said to be paying particular attention to Sarri during his self-isolation to ensure that any issues don't reoccur.

Italian publication Tuttosport, cited here by the Mail Online, quote Sarri's friend Aurelio Virgili saying that the former banker's spirits are still high.

"I spoke to him three days ago. He's in a positive mood," he said.

"He misses daily life and being in the training ground – it's in his blood. But, as is the situation for everyone, he's concentrating on the type of work you can do at home."

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