- Rustu Recber has tested positive for deadly coronavirus and has been rushed to the hospital
- The 46-year-old helped Turkey win the bronze medal at the 2002 World Cup
- Recber was named in the tournament's all-star team
Legendary Turkey goalkeeper Rustu Recber has tested positive for coronavirus, his wife has confirmed.
Recber, who featured for top clubs like Barcelona, Fenerbahce and Besiktas, is Turkey's all-time record holder for appearances, earning 120 caps over an 18-year international career.
But his wife has now revealed that the 46-year-old Recber is hospitalized and receiving treatment for COVID-19 after contracting the deadly disease.
In a post on Instagram, Recber's wife Isil gave an update on her husband's condition.
She wrote: "I'm sorry to say that my husband is hospitalized with the diagnosis of Covid-19.
"Everything was normal when he suddenly developed symptoms really fast and we are still in shock.
"My test was negative along with my son and my daughter.
"He's in hospital and we are not allowed to see him. This is the most difficult part, not being able to be with him. God is great and he's entrusted to Turkish doctors."
Rustu Recber helped Turkey win bronze medal at the 2002 World Cup as he was named in the tournament's all-star team.
Turkey currently have 7,402 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 108 people reported dead due to the disease.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Super Eagles legend John Obi Mikel has recounted the events that led to him cutting short his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor.
The Nigerian football star joined the Black Sea Storm last summer and was in line to win the league with them this season as they currently sit atop of the league table.
Mikel made 27 appearances in all competitions during his eight months reign at the Medical Park Stadium.
The former Super Eagles star has now revealed he was asked by his ex-employers to pull down his comments on Instagram about the Turkish league being stopped due to outbreak of coronavirus but he refused and he was asked to go home.
The midfielder's time with the 'Black Sea Storm' came to a sudden end barely one year after joining them.
Mikel's contract was deliberately terminated by his employers after speaking against their refusal to suspend the league due to the widespread of the deadly coronavirus.
The Turkish league was however suspended on March 14 after Mikel's act.
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