I contracted Coronavirus while playing in Spain – Ryan Leak

Ryan Leak is a 22-year-old professional footballer who may have had a brush with Coronavirus tells us his story.

After spending his youth career and the majority of his teenage years at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ryan now plays for Spanish side Burgos FC after a loan spell with another team in Spain, where he caught the eye of the scouts.

Ryan Leak playing for Burgos FC Photo: Ryan Leak

Players all desire a strong first season with their new club however Ryan’s has been cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luckily, he managed to return home despite the harsher lockdown rules in Spain and having a suspicion he may have contracted the virus.

“I think I had it, I’m not too sure, I wasn’t tested but I was ill for a few days…[Lockdown] is very different over there, in the UK you can go out for an hour, you can’t do anything like that over there”

Ryan was lucky to be able to leave Spain as he really wanted to be home to see his family, and needed the slightly less harsh lockdown so that he could still be working out and training.

” I was glad to come home really…I was waiting for my club to tell me I could go home, I prefer to be home with my family…In my apartment in Spain I couldn’t go out, I was just doing Joe Wicks’ classes!”

Just like most professional footballers, Ryan is taking a pay cut but it doesn’t seem to be affecting him too much;

Ryan on a Zoom call with us at home Photo: Henry Buxton

“I’ve taken a cut of 35% of my salary, it’s not really affecting me, to be honest, I’m not really spending anything at all, I’m just helping out my mum and dad here and there with the food shop.”

Training is proving to be much different alone at home than with the club, while in Spain all Ryan could do was work out in his apartment but he explains what he and his club are doing to keep up with training;

“You’ve just got to do it yourself, when I’m at the club we stick to a routine… you can do so much training but it’s not the same as playing in a match, you need that match training. We have a workout on zoom together with the club every Tuesday for an hour, its good to see everyone then.”

To hear more listen to the Pro Rookies podcast on Coronavirus’ impact on football: https://soundcloud.com/user-676018710/prorookies-football-and-coronavirus-with-ryan-leak-and-peter-moore

5 Football Stars who have contracted Coronavirus:

Mikel Arteta

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In mid-March Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for Coronavirus which subsequently caused the whole of the North London side to be quarantined. Their next match was postponed, just hours after the announcement that Premier League matches were to still go ahead despite the threat of the pandemic.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Despite recovering quite quickly, Chelsea striker Callum Hudson-Odoi revealed that he had a case of COVID-19, only explaining he had it on social media after he had been feeling better. Chelsea’s Cobham training centre was partially closed and teammates of Hudson-Odoi were to self-isolate in case they had caught the virus from him.

Daniele Rugani

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Juventus defender Daniele Rugani was the first case of Coronavirus confirmed within the Italian Serie A. The news came after Juventus’ first league match behind closed doors against Nerazzurri and consequently the Italian FA decided to suspend the league. Rugani took to social media ordering for people to follow the rules so they would not have to experience what he did.

Ezequiel Garay

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In Spain, the first confirmed case in La Liga was Valencia’s Ezequiel Garay which lead to a landslide of five other cases among first-team staff along with defensive partner Ellaquim Mangala.

Junior Sambia

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The most serious case so far seems to come from France and Ligue 1. Junior Sambia of Montpellier was hospitalized and fell into a coma as a result of COVID-19 symptoms. The 23-year-old had a brush with death after internal pain and discomfort along with severe breathing difficulties. Sambia came around from the coma and was fortunately fine after several days of hardship.