Former Barcelona, Spain star, and current Al-Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez mentioned on Saturday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19 but he was asymptomatic.

Xavi, who renewed his contract with the Qatari club on July 5, said he will self-isolate as his team prepare for their first match on Saturday after the Qatar Stars League (QSL) was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xavi Tests Positive for COVID-19

Xavi Hernandez
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"Today I won't be able to join my team on their comeback to the official competition," Xavi said in a statement, "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 QSL protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID-19 test. Fortunately, I'm feeling ok, but I will be isolated until I am given the all clear.

"When the health services allow it, I will be very eager to return to my daily routine and to work." The QSL resumed on Friday after being suspended since March due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Al-Sadd, who are third in the table, play Al-Khor on Saturday with five rounds remaining.

The deadly virus outbreak has created a major stir around the world in recent times infecting more than 15.7 million people globally and claiming the lives of over 640,000 people in more than 170 countries.

(With agency inputs)