FOOTBALL-HEALTH-Reggae Boy Mariappa tests positive for COVID-19.


Jamaican international Adrian Mariappa confirmed Wednesday he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus but said he was dumbfounded over how he had contracted it.

The 33-year-old defender is one of three under contract at Watford who received positive tests, with two other members of staff at the Premier League suffering similar fates.

Reggae Boy Adrian Mariappa.

All told, there were six positive tests involving three Premier League clubs, coming in the wake of the resumption of non-contact training as the league aims for a restart next month following a two-month break because of the outbreak of the pandemic.

'It was a big surprise because I haven't really left the house,' Mariappa was quoted in media reports here as saying.

'Apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids, I've mainly just been homeschooling and keeping fit.

'My lifestyle is very quiet, certainly no parties or going out or anything, so I really don't know how I got it.'

Mariappa, who has 49 caps for the Reggae Boyz, has made 15 league appearances for Watford this season as an integral member of the south England club defence.

Watford are battling relegation and lie just outside the bottom three with nine games left in the season.

Mariappa, who was born in the United Kingdom but qualified for the Reggae Boyz through his...

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