Liverpool and Senegal striker Sadio Mane has tested positive for the coronavirus, the English Premier League champions confirmed on Friday, 3rd October.
The club said in a statement that the 28-year-old “displayed minor symptoms of the virus but he is generally okay and in good condition”.
He becomes the second Liverpool player to test positive after new midfield signing Thiago Alcantara.
“Sadio Mane has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating according to the necessary guidelines. The forward, who started and scored in Monday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal, has displayed minor symptoms of the virus but feels in good health overall,” the club’s statement read.
“However, like with Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool Football Club are, and will continue to follow all protocols relating to Covid-19 and Mane will self-isolate for the required period of time.”
Taking to his Instagram account, Mane also gave an update on his status and also urged his fans to follow Covid-19 guidelines to curb the spread of the disease.
“I tested positive but I am feeling good and not showing heavy symptoms. I will begin my quarantine and recovery immediately,” he wrote.
“Make sure that you stay safe and follow all rules to protect yourself and your loved ones to avoid a second wave of the Covid-19 virus. I will be back stronger than before. We will get through this together.”
The forward will miss the Reds’ next Premier League outing against Aston Villa on Sunday, 4th October as well as Senegal’s upcoming fixtures against Morocco and Mauritania.