Valencia defender Eliaquim Mangala has revealed he is one of the five players and staff from the Spanish football club to test positive for the coronavirus.
The 29-year-old Frenchman’s teammate Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first La Liga player to contract the virus that has affected a host of global sports events.
“I knew today that I am #coronavirus positive,” Mangala said on Twitter. “I’m feeling good and I have no symptoms associated with the virus. However, I am confined in house and separated from my family. I learned we can carry the virus without having symptoms, that’s why I recommend everyone to follow confinement measures and avoid contact with other people, as much as possible, even if you feel well.”
Valencia had travelled to Milan last month for a Champions League match against Atalanta, which was played in front of a packed San Siro stadium, before restrictions were placed on sports events in Italy – the country in Europe worst hit by the coronavirus.
All organised football in Spain has been postponed for at least two weeks to prevent the spread of the virus.
The total number of cases worldwide reached 169,387 on Monday, with more than 77,000 recoveries. The death toll sits at 6,513. Spain is the second-worst effected country in Europe, with 7,988 recorded cases, 294 deaths, and 517 recoveries based on the latest statistics.