Daniele De Rossi, Italy’s assistant coach, has been hospitalized with pneumonia symptoms after contracting Covid-19.

Since returning from the most recent series of international tournaments, at least eight players and four members of the support staff have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

De Rossi, who was appointed as coach Roberto Mancini’s assistant last month, has been hospitalized since Thursday.

Reason For Hospitalization:

The former Roma star, along with three other members of the squad, tested positive for Covid-19 on March 31. It was the night of Italy’s match against Lithuania.

On Thursday, he had a CT scan, and physicians told him to be hospitalized as a precaution. The condition of the 37-year-old has been described as “fair” and under control.

De Rossi is being treated at Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases. It is at the frontline of Italy’s battle against the pandemic.

Who else joined the Covid positive squad:

Matteo Pessina of Atalanta was found to have tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. He is the eighth player to have contracted the virus after the Azzurri’s World Cup qualification victories over Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, and Lithuania.

Strong samples have also been returned by Leonardo Bonucci, Marco Verratti, Alessandro Florenzi, Vincenzo Grifo, Salvatore Sirigu, Alessio Cragno, and Federico Bernardeschi.

Perfect start to the qualifying campaign

Italy won 2-0 over Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, and Lithuania to take the lead in World Cup qualifying Group C.

Mancini’s squad has no further games planned until Euro 2020 begins in June.

In Group A of the summer tournament, they will face Turkey, Switzerland, and Wales.

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