Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi has announced he has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 40-year-old, currently manager of Qatar Stars League side Al Sadd, said on Instagram that he wasn’t experiencing symptoms but will self-isolate until he has recovered.
Al Sadd are scheduled to play Al Khor on Saturday, with the Qatari top division returning after four months of Covid-19 suspension.
“Today I will not be able to accompany my team in the return to official competition.
“David Prats, reserve coach, will take my place as head of the technical team.
“A few days ago, following the QSL protocol, I tested positive in my most recent Covid-19 test.
“Luckily, I feel perfectly fine, but following the protocol, I will remain isolated until I have overcome it.
“When the medical authorities allow me, I will return to my daily routine and work more eagerly than ever.
“I thank all the authorities, especially those which allowed us the means for an early detection that avoids more spreading of the virus and guarantees the normal continuation of the season.
“A hug, and see you soon on the football pitch!”
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