Former Barcelona star Xavi tests positive for coronavirus

Spaniard to take a break from managing Al-Sadd as he recovers

(FILES) A file photo taken on October 22, 2019 shows Al Sadd's Spanish coach Xavi Hernandez watching the second leg of the AFC Champions League semi-finals football match between Qatar's Al Sadd and Saudi' Al Hilal in Riyadh. Barcelona legend Xavi tested positive for COVID-19 in a statement released by Al Sadd football club on July 25, 2020. / AFP / Fayez Nureldine

Former Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for coronavirus and will take a break from managing Qatari club Al-Sadd.

The 40-year-old former midfielder, who won the World Cup and two European championships with Spain, revealed news of his positive test ahead of Al-Sadd's home game with Al-Khor.

"Today I won't be able to join my team on their comeback to the official competition," Xavi wrote on Al-Sadd's Twitter account. Reserve team coach David Prats will deputise.

"A few days ago, I tested positive in the last Covid-19 test.

"Fortunately, I'm feeling okay, but I will be isolated until I am given the all-clear.

"When the health services allow it, I will be very eager to return to my daily routine and to work."

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