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Dušan Vlahović has tested positive for coronavirus

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The Serbian striker is the first Viola player diagnosed, and we’re sending our best thoughts to him.

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Fiorentina has just announced that striker Dušan Vlahović has tested positive for coronavirus but is currently asymptomic. The 20-year-old Serbian striker has voluntarily quarantined himself at home and is being monitored by medical personnel. The rest of the club, including players and staff, have also been undergoing testing.

Vlahović is the first Viola player to contract CoVid-19 that we know of. It’s obviously very scary and takes a lot of courage to admit (rather than just shutting oneself in and refusing to talk to anyone), so we applaud his decision to publicize the test result and stand in solidarity with other players like Daniele Rugani and Manolo Gabbiadini, as well as the thousands of other Italian residents who have contracted the virus.

The Very Large Young Adult Man will likely be okay. He’s asymptotic and, as a young and healthy person, far less likely to suffer any severe effects than most people, although that’s probably small comfort to him right now. However, he’s likely the first of many figures associated with the club to come down with coronavirus, and they may not all share his immunity profile.

Here’s hoping that he, like anyone else who’s either possibly or certainly been exposed to the infection, hasn’t passed it onto anyone else, particularly older or immunocomprised members of the population. In a year that’s seen him rise to the top of his craft, we believe that Dušan will overcome this like he’s overcome every other challenge he’s faced this year.

Forza Dušan Vlahović!

[UPDATE]

Germán Pezzella and Patrick Cutrone have also tested positive. They’ll both be self-quarantining as well. Get better soon, boys.