Abelardo reveals eight Espanyol players tested positive for coronavirus

The club had only announced six cases of the virus

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Speaking to ‘Tiempo de juego’ (Cope), Espanyol coach Abelardo revealed that there were 10 cases of coronavirus at the Catalan club. 

"We had 10 cases at the club," he explained. "Eight players and two members of the coaching staff tested positive for the virus. 

"We were together for two days in Navata (Girona) and they said maybe we were able to pass it on without symptoms. I haven't seen my parents or my grandma, who's 89, because of the fear of passing it on to them." 

Abelardo is not one of the members of staff that tested positive but the fear is that a number of other people at the club were asymptomatic, so everyone self-isolated. 

With Espanyol in a relegation fight, Abelardo was also asked about finishing the campaign: "A selfish plan doesn't serve for anything. But what I want is to play. Despite the fact, in our situation, it would be beneficial to say we don't play anymore and Espanyol don't go down. But we all want to play. 

"But I am not thinking about that at all because the situation is so tough that the least important thing is football." 

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