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Ezequiel Garay becomes first La Liga player to test positive for coronavirus 

Valencia's Ezequiel Garay reacts during a Spanish La

Valencia's Ezequiel Garay reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad in Valencia on Feb. 10, 2019. Credit: EPA-EFE/Shutterstock/Miguel Angel Polo

Valencia’s Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay says that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first Spanish league player to become infected.

“I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Garay wrote on a social media account Sunday. “I feel well and now the only thing to do is to follow the instructions of health officials to remain confined.”

Valencia added in a statement that a total of five members of its staff and team have the new virus, without specifying if Garay is the only player. It says that all are in good health and confined at their homes.

Garay, who is recovering from surgery after tearing a ligament in February, said in a message posted on Instagram that “it’s clear that 2020 is starting on the wrong foot.”

On Saturday, fellow Spanish club Alavés said that two members of its coaching staff had the virus. It said they are in good health.

The Spanish league has suspended play due to the pandemic.

Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

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