Juventus star Paulo Dybala 'tests positive for coronavirus' as Italian giants reveal 121 people, including players, directors and staff, are now in self-isolation after defender Daniele Rugani also contracted it
Juventus star Paulo Dybala has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus as the Italian giants confirmed that 121 people associated with the club have gone into self-isolation.
Defender Daniele Rugani became the first confirmed case of coronavirus of any player in Serie A on Wednesday evening.
He shared a dressing room on Sunday with his Juventus teammates as they beat Inter Milan 2-0 behind closed doors, and as a result the club have introduced drastic measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.
A club statement read: 'Following yesterday's news, relating to the positivity to Coronavirus-COVID 19 of the player Daniele Rugani, it is specified that 121 people, including players, staff members, managers, escorts and Juventus employees are observing a period of voluntary home isolation, in compliance with the requirements of the health authorities based on the provisions currently in force.'
Now, according to El Nacional, Dybala has tested positive as well and has been placed into quarantine.
Juventus have reportedly denied the Argentina star's positive test.
Cristiano Ronaldo is among those people that has self-isolated, with the Portuguese star remaining in quarantine in his Madeira home.
The Portuguese star flew to his homeland to visit his mother, who recently suffered a stroke, before the news broke and must stay put rather than fly back to northern Italy where the outbreak is at its most rampant.
A picture posted on Instagram by Miralem Pjanic after the game shows Ronaldo and Rugani celebrating the victory in a close huddle with their team-mates.
It is hoped that the spread is limited as Rugani remained an unused substitute for Maurizio Sarri on the Juventus bench.
All sporting events in Italy have been cancelled until at least April 3 - including Juventus' Champions League second leg against Lyon which was due to take place next Tuesday.
Rugani was the second professional footballer to test positive, with Hannover 96 defender Timo Hubers currently in quarantine.
Rugani took to Twitter and wrote: 'You will have read the news and that's why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I'm fine.
'I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let's do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us.'
The duo were then joined by Sampdoria and former Southampton forward Manolo Gabbiadini, who tested positive for the virus on Thursday.