Barcelona legend Xavi tests positive for Covid-19
Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi announced that he tested positive for Coronavirus. Xavi is currently the manager of a Qatar side Al Sadd and took to Instagram to announce the news.
He was due to take charge of his team’s game with Al Khor on Saturday but will go in self-isolation according to Covid-19 WHO guidelines.
Despite showing no symptoms, the 40-year-old coach watched his team Al Sadd win against Al Khor in self-isolation.
The Qatari top division returned after four months of Covid-19 suspension.
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. He confessed his desire to coach Barcelona one day when the time is right.
The Barca legend was tipped to replace fired Ernesto Valverde before the board appoints former Betis coach Quique Setién