On March 21, Juventus star Paulo Dybala first confirmed via Instagram that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini had both tested positive for coronavirus.
“I developed strong symptoms, but today I already feel much better,” he told his club’s official YouTube account on March 27. “Now I can move better, walking and trying to train. I could hardly breathe, I couldn’t do anything after five minutes. My muscles ached. Fortunately, Oriana and I are better now.”
He has now, in a span of six weeks, been tested four times. All the tests have come back positive for COVID-19, according to the Spanish program El Chiringuito.
The initial news came after the virus was both contracted by Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi. Dybala has since undergone four tests in the last six weeks and the most recent one has been successful. This means that he was unable to shake off the disease and will need more intensive care.
Because Juve is supposed to be back to work from May 4th to May 18th, which also puts a spanner in La Joya’s hopes of playing. It remains to be seen if Dybala’s test was actually positive, and where Juventus, if it was, would go from here.
He wouldn’t be alone, as Atalanta Marco Sportiello tested positive, then negative, then positive again.