In a statement on Instagram, the La Masia graduate and current coach of Al-Sadd wrote: “Today I won’t be able to join my team on their comeback to the official competition. David Prats will be there on my behalf as head of the technical staff – coach to the Al-Sadd reserves.

A few days ago, following the QSL (Qatar Stars League) protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 test. Fortunately, I’m feeling ok, but I will be isolated until I am given the all clear. When the health services allow it, I will be very eager to return to my daily routine and to work. I’d like to thank all the authorities, especially those working in [the] QSL, [the] QFA (Qatar Football Association) and [at] Al-Sadd for supplying the means of early detection, reducing the spread of infection and that guarantees the normal development of the competition.

Constantly linked to a return to his boyhood club, and close to taking over the reins from the ousted Ernesto Valverde in January, Hernandez recently renewed terms at Al-Sadd until June 2021.

The move poured doubt on him succeeding Quique Setien this summer, however according to reports from the likes of SPORT, the 40-year-old’s new deal contains a Barça-only clause that frees him from his responsibilities in the Middle East should president Josep Bartomeu come knocking. Continue reading

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