Asymptomatic Watford defender Adrian Mariappa terms positive test for COVID-19 'quite scary'

Jamaican defender Adrian Mariappa, who plays for Watford, says he is one of three people who tested positive for coronavirus at the Premier League club.

There had been six positive tests out of 748 players and club staff tested for COVID-19 as part of back-to-training move. Those who tested positive must self-isolate for a period of seven days.

The six included staff members at Watford and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan. The two other two who tested positive were a third club that not yet been identified.

"It was a big surprise because I haven't really left the house," Mariappa, 33, told the Telegraph. "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."

The Jamaica international was asymptomatic.

"It's quite scary how you can feel absolutely fine and not really have left the house," he added, "and yet still get the virus. If it wasn't for the fact I had gone back to training and had this test, then I'd never have found out that I had the virus and I would just be getting on with things as normal. That's obviously quite a strange thought."

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