MONTPELLIER midfielder Junior Sambia is out of intensive care and preparing to return home after giving his club a "big fright" as the first Ligue 1 player to get Covid-19.
The Frenchman, 23, is recovering well after he was initially put into an artificial coma when he went into the town's Arnaud-de-Villeneuve hospital last week and was diagnosed with coronavirus.
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Montepellier tweeted: "All really happy that you're doing better. We hope to see you very soon on the pitch."
And club president Laurent Nicollin told France Bleu: “I am not a doctor, it is not up to me to talk about it but he gave us a big fright last week.
"We were affected and pained alongside the players.
"He called me on Tuesday or Wednesday and it was a real pleasure to hear his voice.
"Now, he is feeling good, he is due to leave hospital. He needs to rest but he is doing better.”
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South Korea striker Hyun-jun Suk, 28, who plays for second-tier side Troyes, was the first professional player in France diagnosed with the virus, in mid-March, just as the pandemic shut down football.
And Paris Saint-Germain have now been awarded the Ligue 1 title after the French government cancelled the 2019-20 sporting season.
PSG were 12 points clear of Marseille with every side having ten matches left except PSG themselves and Strasbourg, who both had a game in hand.
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