LaLiga side Espanyol have confirmed that six members of the first-team squad along with the staff members tested positive for coronavirus. Spain is currently one of the worst affected countries in the world. All major sporting events including LaLiga have been postponed until April considering the volatile situation due to the pandemic.
Es momento de unión, responsabilidad individual, generosidad colectiva.— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 15, 2020
Dejemos de lado lo que nos separa y pensemos en lo que nos une.
Es el momento de mostrar que ante la adversidad somos mejores.
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COMUNICAT OFICIAL | Detectats 6 casos de COVID-19 al RCD Espanyol de Barcelona: https://t.co/jxtE8s75uc— RCD Espanyol de Barcelona (@RCDEspanyol) March 17, 2020
COMUNICADO OFICIAL | Detectados 6 casos de COVID-19 en el RCD Espanyol de Barcelona: https://t.co/C4wfhrMg64#Volem | #EspanyoldeBarcelona | #RCDE pic.twitter.com/bD3VA1mMav
Espanyol released a statement confirming the reports that were circulating in the Spanish media. The statement, when translated from Spanish to English, read, “All are found to have mild symptoms and are complying with medical recommendations.” The club also asserted that the unnamed players have been asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Espanyol is the second LaLiga team to have been hit by the pandemic. Earlier, Spanish giants Valencia confirmed that 35% of their players and backroom staff were infected.
Earlier, Real Madrid's football and basketball players were asked to undergo self-quarantine. This was done after a basketball player Trey Thompkins tested positive for coronavirus. The club was quick to act after it was reported that the two teams share the same training facilities.
LaLiga has taken preventive steps to ensure that the outbreak does not wreak further havoc in the country. The league has decided to suspend all fixtures for the next two weeks. Earlier, the games were scheduled to be played behind closed doors. However, sensing the complexity of the situation the games have now been suspended.
Several LaLiga superstars have posted about their self-isolation activities on social media. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos spends most of his time working out with his family. The player posted a video as well, in which he is seen along with his family. Meanwhile, his teammate Karim Benzema, in a video, has claimed that he can’t stand the coronavirus lockdown.
Los Blancos winger Vinicius Jr has been sweating it out in the gym. The Brazilian has been working on his body, making the most out of his self-quarantine time. Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been reportedly helping his children out in football. In a video, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is seen playing alongside his kids.