Atalanta's Pessina seventh player to contract COVID-19 after Italy duty

Atalanta confirmed on Wednesday that midfielder Matteo Pessina had contracted the virus but was asymptomatic and already in isolation.

Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina has become the eighth Italy player to test positive for the coronavirus since returning from international duty.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina has become the seventh Italy player to test positive for the coronavirus since returning from international duty.

“The player is asymptomatic and has been placed in isolation. The Club has immediately activated all the procedures from the protocol in force and informed the relevant authorities of the related processes,” said a club statement.

The number of Italy players who have contracted the virus has grown at an alarming rate this week.

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Pessina follows Juventus' Federico Bernardeschi and Leonardo Bonucci, Cagliari's Alessio Cragno, Freiburg's Vincenzo Grifo, and PSG's Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti in testing positive.

Four members of the Italy team staff tested positive last Wednesday, while Torino said on Monday that an unnamed player has contracted the virus.

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