Striker heavily linked with Spurs move reveals coronavirus struggle

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Dom Le Roy

Juventus striker Paulo Dybala has revealed that he has struggled with the symptoms of coronavirus after contracting the disease.

The 26-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window only for a deal to fail to materialise (BBC).

Tottenham’s inability to land the Argentine striker proved to be costly after Harry Kane tore his hamstring on New Year’s Day and has been sidelined ever since.

Heung-min Son, who has typically filled the goalscoring void in previous seasons when Kane has been injured fractured his arm against Aston Villa last month to increase Tottenham’s problems in front of goal.

Dybala remained in Turin and has once again had an impressive season for the Serie A champions having scored 13 goals and provided 12 assists in 34 matches across all competitions (transfermarkt).

The former Palermo player revealed a week ago on Twitter that both he and his girlfriend had tested positive for COVID-19 and were in ‘perfect condition’.

However, his symptoms worsened as the week progressed and admitted how he “struggled to breathe” whilst also feeling lethargic.

He told Juventus TV (as quoted by France24): “I’ve had strong symptoms, but I’m much better today,”

“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.

“Now I’m fine. My fiancée Oriana (Sabatini) has also overcome the symptoms.”

Italy has been badly affected by the pandemic with over 80,500 confirmed cases (Sky News).

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