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S. Korean footballer in France nearing full recovery from coronavirus

All News 10:30 March 31, 2020

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- Suk Hyun-jun, a France-based South Korean football player diagnosed with the coronavirus earlier this month, said Tuesday he is on track to a full recovery from the infection.

The former South Korean international, now a member of the second-division club ESTAC Troyes, became the first player in French football to test positive for COVID-19 on March 13. He was also the first known coronavirus case among South Korean football players.

This file photo captured from ESTAC Troyes' website on Feb. 1, 2020, shows the French football club's South Korean player, Suk Hyun-jun. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

In a video posted on Troyes' Twitter page, Suk reported good health.

"My recovery is almost total," Suk said in English, with the one-minute clip accompanied by French subtitles. "I miss football, the club, the games and the fans. I can't wait to see you again and play for our colors."

The 28-year-old also offered a public health message.

"To win this battle against the coronavirus, we have to stay at home and respect the government's leadership," he said. "Take care of yourself and your family. See you soon."

Suk has spent his entire club career outside his native country. He has played in the Netherlands, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Hungary and France. This is his second tour of duty with Troyes.

France reported its highest single-day death toll with 418 patients succumbing to the virus Monday, raising the total fatalities to 3,024. The country is on lockdown until April 15.

This screen grab of ESTAC Troyes' Twitter page shows the French football club's South Korean player Suk Hyun-jun in a video message discussing his recovery from the coronavirus. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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