Xavi tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of Qatar league restart

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Al-Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez, the former Barcelona and Spain midfielder, said on Saturday he had tested positive for Covid-19 but 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.

“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.”

The QSL resumed on Friday after being suspended since March due to the new coronavirus pandemic.