26-year-old Nigeria Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu, has contracted the deadly Corona-virus (covid-19).
The striker is the first Eagles star to have tested positive for the virus that has caused sporting events cancellations and suspensions across the globe.
The player tested positive for corona-virus on Wednesday, while the result of his mates, Stephen Odey and Cyril Dessers at Belgian club Genk, came out negative.
“In the run-up to the first exhibition game of the season, the entire Genk group was tested yesterday (Tuesday),” a report on Belgian website hln.be stated, adding that: “Everyone tested negative except Paul Onuachu.”
The 6ft7in striker left Belgium for Nigeria on May 27, alongside fellow Eagles strikers Victor Osimhen and Imoh Ezekiel and returned to his club June 28 after he was stranded for a week in Lagos due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Paul Onuachu becomes the second Nigerian player to contract the virus after Akpan Udoh, the first footballer to be infected, in February.
According to hln.be,Paul Onuachu will miss Genk’s first exhibition game of the season against Eendracht Termien on Thursday (today) and will be quarantined for a week.
Paul Onuachu’s COVID-19 status has however raised concerns within the Genk squad as he had trained intensively with the rest of the squad for more than a week now.
Onuachu joined Genk from Danish club FC Midtjylland last summer and scored 10 goals for the club before the Belgian Pro Division season was ended abruptly due to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles striker becomes the second Nigerian footballer to contract Coronavirus after Akpan Udoh, the first footballer to be infected, in February 2020.