London (AFP) – Watford defender Adrian Mariappa said news that he had tested positive for coronavirus came as a “big surprise” as he has felt no ill effects.
The 33-year-old was one of three positive tests at Watford with the other two among staff members.
The Hornets accounted for half the six COVID-19 cases detected from 748 tests of Premier League players and staff ahead of a return to training in small groups this week.
“Ever since I got my positive result back on Tuesday, I’ve been scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus,” Mariappa told The Telegraph.
“It was a big surprise because I haven’t really left the house, apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids. I’ve mainly just been homeschooling and keeping fit.”
Mariappa had been following a fitness programme prepared by the club without any trouble