Matteo Pessina Has Tested Positive For Coronavirus

Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina on Wednesday became the eighth Italy diagnosed with Covid-9 following international duty.

“Pessina has tested positive for Covid-19,” his club Atalanta confirmed, adding the 2-year-old was “asymptomatic and in isolation”.

Since the Azzurri’s Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Lithuania, seven Italy players have officially tested positive.

Juventus pair Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi, Paris Saint-Germain pair Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti, Freiburg’s Vincenzo Grifo and Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno.

Torino have also confirmed a case of coronavirus, but did not identify the player.

The Italian football federation also announced after the game against Lithuania on March 31 that four members of staff had tested positive.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini had named 38 players in his squad to guard against a possible outbreak.

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