Xavi Hernandez has announced that he had tested positive in his last COVID-19 test and will be going in self-isolation as per the guidelines.
On Friday, the Qatar Stars League, the country’s top football division, returned to action after four months of coronavirus-enforced suspension.
Al-Sadd are preparing to take to the pitch as they go against tenth-placed Al Khor on Saturday. However, they will not have to do it without their head coach Xavi Hernandez.
In an Instagram post, Xavi recently revealed that he has contracted the deadly COVID-19. He also informed that while he remains in quarantine for a while, reserve coach David Prats will take his place.
“Today I will not be able to accompany my team in the return to official competition,” Xavi wrote.
“A few days ago, following the QSL protocol, I tested positive in my most recent Covid-19 test. Luckily, I feel perfectly fine, but following the protocol, I will remain isolated until I have overcome it.
“When the medical authorities allow me, I will return to my daily routine and work more eagerly than ever. A hug, and see you soon on the football pitch!”
The FC Barcelona and Spain legend signed a one-year contract extension with Al-Sadd earlier in July, having led the club to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League in 2019.