Sampdoria Says Four of Its Players Are Positive but Asymptomatic for Coronavirus


In March, five Sampdoria players – Manolo Gabbiadini, Morten Thorsby, Albin Ekdal, Omar Colley and Antonino La Gumina – as well as club doctor Amedeo Baldari, tested positive for coronavirus.

Now, four Sampdoria footballers have been reported as positive for coronavirus, one of them for the second time, as reported by the Italian media.

“They are currently asymptomatic and they are in quarantine and they will be monitored according to protocol,” the club’s website said on Thursday.

Just a day before this, Fiorentina announced that three of its players and three staff members were infected. The day before that, Torino announced that one of its players was also positive for coronavirus.

On Thursday, the Italian government announced that it was still considering health instructions for clubs of the Italian Football Federation, which desperately wants the season to continue.

Clubs are allowed to start training sessions this week where players train individually and follow social distancing protocols. So, four of Sampdoria’s players having to now obverse isolation is a setback for the club.

Italian football leaders have discussed with medical experts a possible return to team training on May 18, and a decision will be made over the next week. The Italian Championship was suspended on March 9, with 12 rounds left by the end of the season. The possible date for the resumption of the championship is not yet known.

In Italy, more than 215,000 people became infected while over 29,000 people died.


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