A week after Pepe Reina revealed he was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the Aston Villa goalkeeper on Monday said he experienced the ‘worst moment of his life’ after facing difficulties in breathing for almost 25 minutes.
Speaking of the harrowing experience, the former Liverpool goalkeeper explained the symptoms he experienced in detail.
“I was very tired after experiencing the first symptoms of the virus. fever, dry cough and a headache that never went away. It was just that constant feeling of tiredness,” Reina told Corriere dello Sport in an exclusive interview.
He added that it became worse when he struggled to breathe, terming it the worst moment of his life. “The most difficult moment was when I could no longer breathe, the 25 minutes I ran out of oxygen. It was the worst moment of my life. The only real fear I had was when I understood there was no oxygen – endless minutes of fear as if suddenly my throat had closed. As a result, I spent the first six or eight days indoors,” he said.
Reina, who is currently on loan in Aston Villa, has remained in self-isolation at his home in England’s Birmingham. The footballer said he felt like he was on the road to recovery and has remained inside his house for the last 18 days.
“I don’t miss the company as it’s me, my wife Yolanda, five children and two in-laws. The house is big and loneliness has no access to my home,” Reina said.
The Premier League, like many other sporting leagues, has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and is unlikely to resume anytime soon.
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