Italy’s top-flight football club – Juventus confirmed on Wednesday that French midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Italian defender Daniele Rugani had recovered from coronavirus after testing positive for the disease last month. Following their negative results in the second swab test, Rugani and Matuidi will conclude their self-isolation period. Also Read - Covid-19 Cases Increased in 5 States During Festive Season; Recovery Rate Above 90%: Govt

Rugani became the first player in Serie A to be found with the illness last month and was then followed by his teammates Matuidi and Paulo Dybala. Also Read - COVID-19 Puts Pause on Highly Revered Himachal Deity's Winter Sojourn

“Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi underwent, as per protocol, a double-check with diagnostic tests (swabs) for the Coronavirus-Covid 19,” read a statement. Also Read - Air Pollution Increases COVID-19 Deaths by 15 Per Cent Globally, Here's How it Exacerbates Your Lung Infection

“The tests came back with negative results. The players have, therefore, recovered and are no longer subjected to the home isolation regime.”

Reports have suggested Dybala was also close to full recovery, but Juventus have not confirmed the news yet. Matuidi became the second player from Juventus to have been tested positive for novel coronavirus.

Having joined the Bianconeri in the summer of 2017, Matuidi made 31 appearances this season, providing one goal and two assists.

Meanwhile, the English Premier League side Arsenal will continue paying employees and casual workers their full salaries until the end of May but it won’t use the governments’ furlough scheme, the club said on Wednesday.

The top-flight Premier League season has been suspended until at least April 30 due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

Tottenham Hotspur on Monday reversed their decision to use the government’s furlough scheme for some non-playing staff during the coronavirus pandemic after drawing flak from supporters.

(With Agency Inputs)