Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has tested positive for COVID-19 for the fourth time in just six weeks, according to reports.
The Argentine confirmed on March 21 that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini had contracted COVID-19 after his first positive test for the disease, as one of three Juventus players to contract the disease.
At that time the 26-year-old has had three more tests with the latest coming back as positive, according to Spanish programme El Chiringuito.
The forward had recently said that he and Sabatini were feeling much better after reporting how he was previously struggling to breathe, but it appears he is unable to shake the virus at this stage.
“Luckily enough we are much better, these days we do not have any symptoms,” said Dybala.
“Luckily [we are] much better, these days we do not have any symptoms,” said Dybala.
“I had stronger symptoms, I got tired very quickly, when I wanted to train, I was short of breath after five minutes. There we noticed that something was not right and through the tests the club did we were told that we were positive.
“From there we had more symptoms, such as cough, tired body and when we slept I felt very cold, but from the club they had told us that we were going to be fine so we had to be calm.”
Dybala was one of three Juve stars to contract the coronavirus after Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi were confirmed cases.
Serie A teams, including Juventus, are scheduled to return to training on Monday, May 4.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said players would be able “to undertake training individually from 4 May, in groups from 18 May, and then we’ll evaluate if there are the conditions to allow the season to be completed”.
He added: “We need to complete all the discussions to ensure that if we do reach that stage, we’ll do so in the utmost safety and security.
“We are passionate about sport and don’t want our athletes to get sick.
“I’m passionate for football. Like many Italians, I initially found it strange that the championship could be interrupted or suspended but I think that even the most ardent fan understands that there wasn’t an alternative.”
It is unclear whether this latest update on Dybala will impact this decision.