Italy assistant coach De Rossi in hospital after positive COVID-19 test

Italy assistant coach Daniele De Rossi was admitted to an infectious diseases hospital with pneumonia symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus.

De Rossi, a player on the Italy team that won the 2006 World Cup and a former AS Roma captain, was one of four Azzurri staff members to contract COVID-19 during recent World Cup qualifiers.

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The 37-year-old De Rossi was in stable condition at Lazzaro Spallanzani Hospital in Rome, the Italian federation said on Friday.

Eight Italy players also tested positive after returning from international duty.

De Rossi was hired by Italy coach Roberto Mancini last month.