The Covid-19 outbreak in the Italian national team continues. Daniele De Rossi, world champion as a player in 2006, is hospitalized with respiratory problems after testing positive in the recent concentration of the ‘azzurra’ on the occasion of the dispute of the first three qualifying days for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
It so happens that De Rossi made his debut in this call as a new member of the technical staff of coach Roberto Mancini after being appointed on March 18 to carry out this function.
Retired from football since January 2020 after spending practically his entire career in Rome before a last and short stint at Boca Juniors, De Rossi was infected with three other staff members before the Lithuania-Italy match on March 31 . After this meeting, a total of 8 international players have been testing positive.
Fever and cough for a week
According to Sky Italy, De Rossi, 37, is under observation at the ‘Lazzaro Spallanzani’ Institute for Infectious Diseases, in Rome, as a precautionary measure after presenting symptoms of pneumonia.
Isolated at home since the positive was detected, a week with a persistent fever and cough, more comprehensive tests were advised that have motivated De Rossi’s admission to be constantly monitored. His situation is stable and will be evaluated day by day before the doctors decide when he will be discharged.
The players who since last Wednesday, when Italy won 0-2 in Lithuania in the last of their three games, have been testing positive are Federico Bernardeschi and Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti (PSG), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta) and Salvatore Sirigu, although in this case his club, Torino, has not confirmed his identity.