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Ivorian forward Keita Balde tests positive for COVID-19

Ivorian forward Keita Balde has contracted the coronavirus and has been isolated in accordance with health protocols.

Balde, who is on the verge of joining Sampdoria on a season-long loan, tested positive during his medicals.

The Senegal international who had featured for Lazio and Inter Milan arrived in Genoa on Monday morning.

“UC Sampdoria announce that AS Monaco authorised the player Keita Balde to travel for a medical, which showed no problems,” read a statement from the Italian giants.

“During the course of the tests and Covid-19 protocol, the player was found to be lightly positive: we specifies the player did not have any contact with the ‘match day group’ and is self-isolating.

“The sanitary procedures will be put into practice, as per protocol.”

It will be recalled that Balde donated the sum of €17,000 to Senegal to boost their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the 2019-20 French top-flight season was cancelled, the 25-year-old accounted for four goals in 21 league outings.

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