Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay becomes first La Liga player to contract coronavirus

Ezequiel Garay has confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus but says he feels "very well."

Ezequiel Garay started 17 La Liga games for Valencia this season.   -  Getty Images

Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay has become the first La Liga player to confirm he has contracted coronavirus.

The defender, who was due to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament last month, made the announcement on Instagram on Sunday but said he feels "very well."

La Liga is currently at the start of a two-matchweek break while the Spanish government is set to declare a 15-day national lockdown on Monday in an attempt to fight the pandemic.

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Garay wrote: "It is clear I have started 2020 badly. I have tested positive for coronavirus but feel very well. Now it only remains to pay attention to the health authorities and, for now, be isolated."

Garay, 33, started 17 La Liga games for Valencia this season and four in the Champions League.

Albert Celades' team is seventh in the Spanish top-flight, four points adrift of fourth-placed Real Sociedad. Its Champions League adventure came to an end last week with an 8-4 aggregate defeat to Atalanta.

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