Italian soccer club Juventus announced Wednesday that one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Rugani, who also plays for the Italian national team, is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the disease, which is caused by the new coronavirus.
Juventus, which has won the last eight Serie A titles, announced the result on its website and social media channels.
The club said Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.
All sport in Italy is suspended until 3 April, with the country in lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Rugani has made only seven appearances for Juventus this season and was an unused substitute in his side’s last match – a 2-0 win over Inter Milan held behind closed doors on Sunday.
Inter, whose Europa League game against Getafe that was set for Thursday has been postponed, said that “all competitive activities are suspended until further notice” following Rugani’s positive test.
They added: “The club is taking steps to prepare all necessary procedures.”
Meanwhile, Rugani’s Welsh clubmate Aaron Ramsey is likely to miss his country’s friendlies this month as a result of the nationwide lockdown in Italy.