Ex-Barcelona midfielder, Xavi tests positive for COVID-19

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Former Barcelona captain, Xavi Hernandez, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The 40-year-old who is currently Al-Sadd manager, confirmed this via an Instagram post today.

According to him, he feeling okay but is self-isolating.

As a result Xavi will miss the Qatar Stars League game against Al Khor on Saturday.

“Today I won’t be able to join my team on their comeback to the official competition.

“David Prats will be there on my behalf as head of the technical staff – coach to the Al-Sadd reserves. A few days ago, following the Qatar Stars League protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID-19 test,” part of the statement read.

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Almost 4 per cent of Qatar’s 2.75 million people have had coronavirus, with 108,638 cases reported since the start of the pandemic giving the tiny Gulf state one of the highest per capita total infection rates.

However the Gas-rich country has reported just 164 deaths meaning it has one of the world’s lowest virus death rates and 105,420 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to official statistics.

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