Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has revealed how he underwent a coronavirus test – after two weeks in quarantine in his native Argentina.
The test came back negative, but United No.2 Romero endured a difficult trip back to Buenos Aires, where he remained in his seat for the entire 14-hour flight, over concerns about the virus.
Once back in the Argentine capital, Romero, 33, was forced to spend a fortnight self-isolating in a hotel, before taking the test, and it was a further three days before the result came back and he was allowed to go to his home and be reunited with his family.
Romero, who remains in his homeland during football’s enforced break, said: “I came back to Argentina on March 22.
“After that I took a plane from London to Paris. Not many people were in the airport, but all the people were keeping a safe distance from each other.
“All of the people were looking nervous or badly to the other people, because sometimes someone does this [sneezes].
“Maybe they didn’t have anything, but the people looked a bit strange [at them] and took their distance.
“In the plane, I flew Paris to Buenos Aires, 14 hours. I just sit my body in the plan and I don’t move for 14 hours. I don’t eat, I don’t go to the toilet, because you never know how is the people.
“When I arrived in Argentina, I was in a hotel for 14 days in the centre, because many people, when we come back from Europe, we need to stay in quarantine alone.
“I stayed for two weeks there and, after two weeks, they did the test in my nose and my mouth and I waited three more days in the hotel and, after the result is negative, I came to my house with my family.”
Romero, speaking in a goalkeeper’s hangout on United’s official App, added: “The most important thing is to stay at home, stay safe, do the little things for the family, like just going to the supermarket, to the pharmacy. Don’t move from the house. This is the most important thing.”