RB Leipzig forward fell severely ill after testing positive for COVID-19
South Korean forward, Hwang Hee-chan felt “almost dead” for a week when he was infected with the coronavirus said RB Leipzig manager, Julian Naglesmann on Friday.
Hwang tested positive last month after returning to Germany from international duty. South Korea played friendly games against Mexico and Qatar in Austria.
Hwang has only managed to do a seriously reduced training program since then and won’t be available to play for Leipzig until next month according to the manager.
In an interview with the club’s official website, the 24-year-old said :
It was the case that he had the full range of symptoms. I spoke with him briefly and he said, ‘For the first seven days, I was almost dead.’ That’s exactly how he put it,”
“It wasn’t going well for him and therefore you have to be careful. Everyone knows about the virus that when you get back (into training) too early that it can be dangerous for the organs, for the heart most of all. So caution is advised.”
It’s quite rare to see a club talk about a player’s experience of severe COVID-19, as opposed to just telling the fans they’re suffering from mild symptoms or no symptoms at all following the test.
Brought up near the South Korean capital Seoul, Hwang was a prolific scorer at youth level with his first club Pohang Steelers, and for his country. That caught the attention of Salzburg, and at 18 years of age, Hwang signed for the Austrian champions in January 2015.
The 5’10” forward soon showed why there had been international competition for his signature, netting 11 goals in 18 league matches during his first full season with Salzburg.
Hwang left Salzburg to join parent club RB Leipzig this summer to replace talisman Timo Werner after registering 45 goals and 28 assists in 124 matches, out of which 16 goals and 22 assists came in his last campaign playing for Jesse Marsch’s side.
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