Al Sadd boss and former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has tested positive for COVID-19.

The 40-year-old has confirmed this on his Instagram page, saying that he wasn’t experiencing symptoms but will self-isolate until he has recovered.

Xavi said: “Today I will not be able to accompany my team in the return to official competition.

“David Prats, reserve coach, will take my place as head of the technical team.

“A few days ago, following the QSL protocol, I tested positive in my most recent Covid-19 test.

“Luckily, I feel perfectly fine, but following the protocol, I will remain isolated until I have overcome it.

“When the medical authorities allow me, I will return to my daily routine and work more eagerly than ever.

“I thank all the authorities, especially those which allowed us the means for an early detection that avoids more spreading of the virus and guarantees the normal continuation of the season.

“A hug, and see you soon on the football pitch!”

Xavi has been in charge of Al Sadd since May 2019, leading them to the semi-finals of last year’s AFC Champions League.


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