Footballer Marouane Fellaini has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, his membership Shandong Luneng mentioned Sunday, the previous Manchester United participant turning into the primary recognized case within the Chinese Super League (CSL).
The 32-year-old Belgian worldwide midfielder has a standard temperature and is feeling effective, Shandong mentioned, however “is under observation and having treatment at a designated medical facility”.
“The club will do its best… to help in the treatment and recovery of the player.”
Fellaini, who had simply returned to China, is the most recent high-profile title in soccer to catch the illness, together with Juventus ahead Paulo Dybala, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta.
Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, who was hospitalised with the coronavirus, died on Saturday on the age of 76.
But Fellaini is the primary confirmed case within the CSL, dealing a blow to the league’s hopes of beginning the season as early as subsequent month.
The marketing campaign was supposed to start final month however has been indefinitely postponed by the outbreak.
Fellaini, additionally previously of Everton, joined Shandong Luneng from English giants United in February final yr for a reported 7.2 million euros.
Chinese officers, involved a few second wave of virus infections from overseas, can be taking a detailed have a look at Fellaini’s current journey historical past to see who he had contact with.
Having flown from Singapore to Shanghai, he reportedly took a high-speed practice from there early on Friday to Jinan, town residence to Shandong Luneng.
He was taken by automotive to a quarantine space and examined for the virus on Saturday, Chinese media mentioned.
Also on Saturday, the Chinese Football Association mentioned that the nation’s best-known participant, ahead Wu Lei, had additionally examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
Wu, who performs for Spanish strugglers Espanyol, is in self-isolation at residence in Barcelona and has solely gentle signs.
The coronavirus emerged within the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan in December and has since unfold internationally and change into a pandemic, killing 13,000 folks and infecting greater than 300,000.