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Coronavirus: Five members of Valencia squad test positive

Five members of the playing squad and staff of La Liga club Valencia have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Spanish side.

Valencia CF said in a statement that “five positive cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been detected among first-team staff and players. All of these persons are now at home, in good health and obeying self-isolation measures.”

Earlier today, Valencia and Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay became the first La Liga player to confirm he has the virus.

He wrote on Instagram: “It’s clear that I have got off to the wrong start in 2020. I’ve tested positive for the coronavirus, I feel very good and now I just have to listen to the health authorities and for now remain isolated.”

The 33-year-old was already ruled out for the remaining of the season after suffering a knee injury in February.

Valencia travelled to Milan last month for a Champions League match at Atalanta played in front of a packed San Siro stadium, before restrictions were placed on sports events in Italy.

A Valencia-based radio journalist who travelled to the match tested positive for the virus the following week.

The second leg of the tie, which Valencia lost 8-4 on aggregate, was ordered to be played without spectators at the club’s Mestalla stadium.

In line with most major sports worldwide, all organised football in Spain has been postponed for at least two weeks in a bid to prevent further spread of the virus. Spain is the second worst-affected country in Europe after Italy.

Spain has so far suffered 196 coronavirus deaths and recorded almost 6 400 cases.