Barcelona icon, Xavi Hernández has tested positive for Coronavirus but is asymptomatic and currently in self-isolation.
The 40-year-old Barcelona and Spain legend, who is the current manager of Al Sadd in Qatar, announced his diagnosis today July 25 on Instagram.
He wrote on his page: ‘A few days ago, following the QSL (Qatar Stars League) protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 test. Fortunately, I’m feeling ok, but I will be isolated until I am given the all-clear. When the health services allow it, I will be very eager to return to my daily routine and to work.
I’d like to thank all the authorities, especially those working in [the] QSL, [the] QFA (Qatar Football Association) and [at] Al-Sadd for supplying the means of early detection, reducing the spread of infection and that guarantees the normal development of the competition.’
Xavi will now miss the club’s Qatar Stars League game against Al Khor on Saturday as a result of contracting the disease. David Prats, Al Sadd’s reserves coach, will take interim charge.
According to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Qatar has over 108,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 164 deaths.