Adrian Mariappa has confirmed that he is the Watford FC player who tested positive for coronavirus despite showing no signs of symptoms or breaking any of the government’s lockdown restrictions.
All backroom staff and players of Premier League clubs were tested this week as the attempt to finish the current season gathers momentum.
Mariappa, 33, admitted he was shocked at receiving the outcome of the test and has barely left the house since lockdown began.
He told The Telegraph: “it’s quite scary how you can feel absolutely fine and not really have left the house, and yet still get the virus.
“If it wasn’t for the fact I had gone back to training and had this test, then I’d have never found out that I had the virus and I would just be getting on with things as normal. That’s obviously a strange thought.”
Watford are the worst hit of the top flight clubs after six positive results were recorded across the Premier League following a wave of tests on players and staff on Monday and Tuesday.
Alongside Mariappa, the two other members from Watford who tested positive were members of staff. They have asked for their medical confidentiality to be respected.
The Jamaican international continued to The Telegraph: ”Apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids, I’ve mainly just been homeschooling and keeping fit.
“My lifestyle is very quiet, certainly no parties or going out or anything, so I really don’t know how I got it.”
This news comes after Hornets’ captain Troy Deeney has stated he won’t be joining the rest of the squad for training after admitting to having fears for his five-month-old son.
Manager Nigel Pearson has also admitted he fears there would be fatalities if the Premier League returned too soon.
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