Coronavirus: Five Valencia players and staff including Garay and Mangala test positive


Five Valencia players and staff are “in good health” after testing positive for coronavirus, the club says. Valencia and Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay became the first La Liga player to announce a positive test earlier on Sunday.

Later on Sunday, Valencia centre-back Eliaquim Mangala said he had tested positive and was self-isolating. Spain is the second worst-hit country in Europe after Italy and is set to declare a national lockdown on Monday.

Spain’s La Liga was suspended on Thursday after the Real Madrid squad went into quarantine. “It is clear I have started 2020 with bad luck,” Garay, 33, wrote on Instagram.

“I am very well and must obey health authorities and stay isolated.”


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