The Al-Sadd coach has been preparing for the restart of the season in Qatar, which was suspended in March, but will now self-isolate until it’s safe to return.
Here’s what he’s had to say:
“Today I will not be able to accompany my team in the return to the official competition. David Prats, coach of the AlSadd branch, will take my place as head of the technical team.
“A few days ago, following the QSL protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 test. Luckily I am perfectly fine, but following the protocol, I will remain isolated until I have overcome it. When medical services allow me, I will be more involved in my daily routine and work than ever before.
“I thank all the authorities, especially those responsible for QSL, QFA and AlSadd for providing us with all the means for early detection that will prevent further infections and ensure the normal development of the competition.
“A hug and see you soon on the football fields!”
Let’s all wish Xavi a speedy and swift recovery and hope he’s back safe and well soon.