French World Cup winner Matuidi, Verona's Zaccagni catch coronavirus

  • French World Cup winner Matuidi, Verona's Zaccagni catch coronavirus

French World Cup winner Matuidi, Verona's Zaccagni catch coronavirus

France World Cup victor Blaise Matuidi has tested positive for coronavirus but is now asymptomatic, his club Juventus confirmed on Tuesday.

The Serie A club say that the France World Cup victor has been in voluntary isolation since 11 March and is "well and asymptomatic".

Meanwhile, in LaLiga, Espanyol revealed six of their players have tested positive, this comes after Valencia confirmed "35 percent" of their squad have been infected by the global pandemic. "He's fine and asymptomatic", reads the Juve message.

Players from other top-tier Italian clubs Sampdoria and Fiorentina have also been tested positive for coronavirus as the list of European players to have tested positive or are in self-isolation continues to grow with passing days.

Juve added 32-year-old Matuidi, who lifted the World Cup in 2018, is now "in voluntary home isolation".

The club on Tuesday evening released a statement on the club's official website detailing the midfielder's condition.

His club teammate Daniele Rugani was the first top-flight footballer to be diagnosed with coronavirus last Wednesday. Itlay has been the worst-hit country in all of Europe.

The French global became the second Juventus player after Daniele Rugani also diagnosed with the virus last week.