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‘I struggled to breathe:’ Dybala reveals coronavirus nightmare

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Juventus star Paulo Dybala revealed Friday how he "struggled to breathe" after contracting coronavirus which has killed over 9,000 people in Italy.

The Argentine international announced last Saturday he was one of three Juventus players to catch the virus along with Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi, who both had no symptoms.

"I feel better now after some strong symptoms," the 26-year-old Dybala told JTV channel.

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"A couple of days ago I was not well, I felt heavy and after five minutes of movement, I had to stop because I was struggling to breathe.

"Now I can move and walk to start trying to train because when I tried in the past few days I started to shake too much.

"I gasped for air and as a result, I couldn't do anything, after five minutes I was already very tired, I felt the body heavy and my muscles hurt.

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"Now I'm fine. My fiancée Oriana (Sabatini) has also overcome the symptoms."

Dybala has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, including in league leader's Juventus's last game against Inter Milan before Serie A and all sport in Italy was suspended.

(FILES) In this file picture taken on February 16, 2020 Juventus' Argentine forward Paulo Dybala reacts during the Italian Serie A football match against Brescia at the Juventus stadium in Turin. - Argentina striker Paulo Dybala said on March 21, 2020 that he has become the third Juventus player to test positive for coronavirus. "Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know that we have received the Covid-19 test results and that Oriana (Sabatini, his girlfriend) and I are positive," the 26-year-old tweeted. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP)


"The goal against Inter was the greatest emotion, (Aaron) Ramsey provided the perfect assist - it's a pity that there was no public," added Dybala.

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