One week since Juventus forward Paulo Dybala tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese on Friday revealed how he struggled to breathe as part of his excruciating battle with the virus.
Over 9 000 lives have been lost in Italy, the hardest-hit country since the first recorded case was reported in China on January 10. The Argentine international is one of three Juventus players to catch the virus along with Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi, both of whom had no symptoms.
Speaking to Juventus TV, Dybala said: “I feel better now, after some strong symptoms. A couple of days ago I was not well, I felt heavy and after five minutes of movement, I had to stop because I was struggling to breathe. Now, I can move and walk to start trying to train. When I tried in the past few days I started to shake too much.”
Relating more of his experience, which included facing fatigue and laboured breathing, Dybala added that his fiancée, Oriana Sabatini, who had also contracted the virus, had recovered from the symptoms. “Now I’m fine. My fiancée has also overcome the symptoms.”
Dybala has scored 13 goals for Juventus in all competitions this season, including in the last outing against Inter Milan, before Serie A and all sport in Italy was brought to a grinding halt. “The goal against Inter was the greatest emotion, (Aaron) Ramsey provided the perfect assist; it’s a pity that there was no public [though],” added Dybala.