Marouane Fellaini discharged from hospital after 3-week battle with COVID-19

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was discharged from a Chinese hospital on Tuesday after a 3-week battle with COVID-19.

The 32-year-old, who left the Red Devils for Shandong Luneng in January 2019, remains the only Super League player known to have contracted the coronavirus since he tested positive on March 22.

“Fellaini was assessed and was deemed to have recovered, and was discharged today,” Shandong said in a brief statement, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

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That surely raises alarm bells for the players — if any — he was in contact with during the time he had the virus, but the Chinese Super League campaign starting date was delayed over the pandemic, so that may explain why no-one else at Shandong Luneng has tested positive?

Who knows? Some will argue that China under-reported the spread but as a football journalist writing about Manchester United, I’m not in a position to shine any light on conspiracies of that nature.

Fellaini will now spend 14 days in quarantine for further observation.

He played 117 times for United during a six-year spell at Old Trafford, arriving in 2014 with David Moyes. Both came from Everton.

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