FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement on Instagram, the La Masia graduate and current coach of Al-Sadd wrote that, “Today I won’t be able to join my team on their comeback to the official competition. 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 (Qatar Stars League) protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 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. I’d like to thank all the authorities, especially those working in [the] QSL, [the] QFA (Qatar Football Association) and [at] Al-Sadd for supplying the means of early detection, reducing the spread of infection and that guarantees the normal development of the competition.
“Take care and see you soon on the football pitch! ”
Constantly linked to a return to his boyhood club and close to taking over the reins from the ousted Ernesto Valverde in January, Hernandez recently renewed terms at Al-Sadd until June 2021.
The move poured doubt on him succeeding Quique Setien this summer, however according to reports from the likes of SPORT, the 40-year-old’s new deal contains a Barça-only clause that frees him from his responsibilities in the Middle East should president Josep Bartomeu come knocking.