Former Barcelona star Xavi tests positive for coronavirus

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

Xavi Hernandez is expected to become manager of Barcelona one day. AFP
Xavi Hernandez is expected to become manager of Barcelona one day. AFP

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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