Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini confirmed yesterday that he was tested positive for coronavirus while in China.
In a post on Twitter, the 32-year-old, who is now at Chinese club Shandong Luneng said he hopes “to return to the game as soon as possible”. Chinese media reports say Fellaini is in isolation at Jinan hospital, which specialises in infectious diseases.
The Belgium international moved to China in 2019 after 11 seasons in England with United and Everton. Fellaini, who had recently returned to the country to resume training, is reportedly the only Chinese Super League player to have contracted the illness.
Marouane Fellaini s reportedly the only Chinese Super League player to have contracted coronavirus
A statement from his club read: “The official test confirmed that the player Fellaini has tested positive for coronavirus during the quarantine observation period.
“During this period, the player’s body temperature has been normal and there are no other discomforts. He has received further observation and treatment at a designated medical institution.”
Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui (born 22 November 1987), is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan.
The Moroccan played youth football for Anderlecht, R.A.E.C. Mons, Royal Francs Borains and Charleroi S.C. before joining Standard Liège. After winning the Belgian First Division and the Ebony Shoe as a Liège player, he moved to England to join Everton as the club’s youngest player at the time.
After five years at Everton, he transferred to Manchester United in a deal worth £27.5 million in September 2013. He then later left the Red Devils after five years winning four trophies with the English club.
Source: BBC Sports