Al-Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez, the previous Barcelona and Spain midfielder, said on Saturday he had tried positive for COVID-19 however was asymptomatic.

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

“Today I won’t have the option to join my team on their comeback to the official rivalry,” Xavi said in a statement.

“David Prats will be there on my behalf as head of the technical staff – coach to the Al-Sadd saves. A couple of days ago, after the QSL protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID-19 test. Fortunately, I’m feeling alright, yet I will be isolated until I am given the all-clear. At the point when the health administrations allow it, I will be exceptionally eager to come back to my daily practice and to work.”

The QSL continued 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.


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