Report: Paulo Dybala tests positive four times for COVID-19

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Juventus and Argentina star Paul Dybala has tested positive for COVID-19 four times in the last six weeks, according to a report.

Dybala, 26, announced way back on March 21 that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini had contracted the coronavirus and over six weeks later he has yet to recover.

CNN have some more details on Dybala’s situation, while Juventus have yet to comment.

“He is doing well now, he has no symptoms and is even training. Now he is waiting for the results of the latest two swabs. Dybala has to respect the healthcare system and the time it takes. He is a soccer player and doesn’t get preferential treatment,” the CNN source said.

Per the report, it is unclear when the tests were carried out and Dybala is currently waiting for his latest test results to come back.

Juventus have had three players test positive for COVID-19 but Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi have since tested negative and have made a full recovery.

This news regarding Dybala and his four positive tests is concerning for many reasons, not least because it is unclear how games could return in Italy, or elsewhere, until leagues, clubs and players can be certain all players are not carrying COVID-19 and can spread it to other players and officials. Also, how many testing kits would need to be made available each day just to have leagues return?

How would it be fair to restart a league if certain clubs do not have their full squad of players as several are missing due to having COVID-19?

Serie A clubs are set to return to individual training on May 4 and team training on May 14 but doubts are already arising as to whether the 2019-20 season can continue across Italy’s top-flight.