Former Liverpool goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, who currently plays for Aston Villa in the Premier League, believes he has contracted coronavirus after displaying symptoms of the deadly disease.
The 37-year-old Spaniard is currently self-isolating at home like other players but he disclosed that he ‘went through the bug’ last week. Although he has not been officially diagnosed with the illness.
Speaking in a recent interview with radio station Cope, he said: ‘Last week it was my turn to go through the bug,’ he told radio station Cope. ‘It has been a different week, of taking precautions not to infect the people who live with me.
‘Here tests are not conducted unless you are [in a] very bad [state]. Speaking to the doctors, the symptoms I had were of it, without official confirmation of it but everything pointed to it.
‘We are very privileged people. We have a big house, with a garden. I think of the people who live in a 70m squared apartment with two children and for me they are people who are showing a lot of strength.’
Reina also said he is not concerned about when football returns because health must come first.
‘Football takes a back seat. I don’t care much, really. Everyone’s wellbeing goes above anything else.
‘I don’t know if we will play again this season. We have to be careful when talking about dates or deadlines. I understand that there are economic interests and a lot at stake, but as in any other sector.
‘There’s no point in playing without fans [in the stadium]. People have to enjoy it. We feel more fulfilled with fans. Beyond that, whatever is healthier and safer will be done.’