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Paulo Dybala ‘tests positive for coronavirus for fourth time in six weeks’

Paulo Dybala has tested positive for the coronavirus for the fourth time in six weeks, according to reports.

The Argentine forward confirmed on March 21 that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini had contracted COVID-19 after his first test.

According to Spanish programme El Chiringuito, Dybala has had four tests since initially contracting the disease and his most recent test has come back positive yet again.

Paulo Dybala has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 for the fourth time in six weeks

Paulo Dybala has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 for the fourth time in six weeks

Paulo Dybala has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 for the fourth time in six weeks

The 26-year-old recently spoke out on his experience fighting the disease and how he was struggling to breathe. However, he has claimed that he is feeling much better and he and his girlfriend are no longer showing symptoms. 

‘Luckily [we are] much better, these days we do not have any symptoms,’ said Dybala.

‘I had stronger symptoms, I got tired very quickly, when I wanted to train, I was short of breath after five minutes. There we noticed that something was not right and through the tests the club did we were told that we were positive.

‘From there we had more symptoms, such as cough, tired body and when we slept I felt very cold, but from the club they had told us that we were going to be fine so we had to be calm.’

Dybala spoke out about his and girlfriend Oriana Sabatini's battle with coronavirus was like

Dybala spoke out about his and girlfriend Oriana Sabatini's battle with coronavirus was like

Dybala spoke out about his and girlfriend Oriana Sabatini’s battle with coronavirus was like

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has been given the all clear after contracting coronavirus

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has been given the all clear after contracting coronavirus

Blaise Matuidi was the second Juventus player to test positive but is also clear of Covid-19

Blaise Matuidi was the second Juventus player to test positive but is also clear of Covid-19

Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi have been given the all clear after contracting coronavirus

The news that Dybala is struggling to shake the illness will come as a worry to Italian league officials, who have allowed all Serie A teams to return to training on Monday, May 4.

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced players would be able to ‘undertake training individually from May 4’ before they’d be allowed to train in groups two weeks later.

He added: ‘We need to complete all the discussions to ensure that if we do reach that stage, we’ll do so in the utmost safety and security.

‘We are passionate about sport and don’t want our athletes to get sick.

Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte is planning to begin phase 2 for coronavirus response

Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte is planning to begin phase 2 for coronavirus response

Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte is planning to begin phase 2 for coronavirus response

Serie A clubs are preparing to return to training on May 4 as Italy enters phase two of lockdown

Serie A clubs are preparing to return to training on May 4 as Italy enters phase two of lockdown

Serie A clubs are preparing to return to training on May 4 as Italy enters phase two of lockdown

‘I’m passionate for football. Like many Italians, I initially found it strange that the championship could be interrupted or suspended but I think that even the most ardent fan understands that there wasn’t an alternative.’ 

Dybala was one of three Juventus stars to contract the virus, along with Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi.

However, the club announced that the pair have made a full recovery after showing negative tests.

A club statement said: ‘Rugani and Matuidi underwent, as per protocol, a double-check with diagnostic tests (swabs) for the coronavirus.

‘The tests came back with negative results. The players have, therefore, recovered and are no longer subjected to the home isolation regime.’  

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