Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has tested positive for coronavirus and will take a break from managing Qatari club Al Sadd.
The 40-year-old, who won the World Cup and two European championships with Spain, revealed news of his positive test ahead of Al Sadd’s home game with Al Khor on Saturday.
“Today I won’t be able to join my team on their comeback to the official competition,” Xavi wrote on Al Sadd’s official Twitter account while confirming reserve-team coach David Prats would deputise for him.
“A few days ago, following the @qsl protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 test.
“Fortunately, I’m feeling OK, but I will be isolated until I am given the all clear.
“When the health services allow it, I will be very eager to return to my daily routine and to work.”
Xavi moved to Al Sadd as a player in 2015 and spent four years with the club, making 86 appearances.
After retiring last May, he was appointed the club’s manager and he has won 10 of 17 matches in the Qatar Stars League this season.
Recent speculation has linked Xavi with a move to become Barcelona’s new head coach.
Quique Setien has endured a tough season at Camp Nou this term and his future in the role is uncertain.