Serie C footballer in Italy has been diagnosed with coronavirus

An Italian Serie C player has been diagnosed with coronavirus – the first professional footballer in the country to be infected.

The 22-year-old has not been named but it is known that he plays for US Pianese ASD, according to Italian newspaper La Nazione .

A statement from the Tuscany region confirmed the report, saying: "Two new suspected positive cases of Coronavirus in Tuscany. Both are awaiting confirmation by the Higher Institute of Health.

"One is a 22-year-old man in the Siena province, a Pianese player, who last Saturday had symptoms in a hotel in Alessandria, where he was training with the team ahead of Sunday's game [at Juventus U-23s]."

Pianese are currently 19th in Group A of Serie C and are based in the commune of Piancastagnaio, in the Tuscany region of west Italy.

La Nazione report that the player "put himself in voluntary quarantine" before doctors tested him for the virus and results came back positive for COVID-19, as the coronavirus is officially named by the World Health Organisation.

It is understood that no other footballers who play with the 22-year-old have tested positive for the coronavirus since his diagnosis.

The Pianese player "had a fever and felt unwell" before the game with Juventus U23s last Sunday and decided to put himself in quarantine. Pianese lost the match 1-0, while the player reportefly returned to Piancastagnaio "independently".

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