Turkish football legend Rüştü Reçber in critical condition with coronavirus

Former Turkey goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber is in critical condition in hospital after contracting the coronavirus, the Takvim newspaper said on Wednesday.

Reçber, 46, is Turkey’s most-capped player having made 120 appearances for the national team. He played at Fenerbahçe for more than a decade. He also had a short stint at Barcelona and retired in 2012 after a five-year spell with Beşiktaş.

Takvim said that the retired footballer’s wife, Işıl, had described the last 72 hours as having been “very difficult”, and said that her husband had “grey skin and lips, shortness of breath, unending cough, an irregular pulse.”

Işıl Reçber had said on Instagram on Sunday that her husband had been taken to hospital on Saturday after developing “sudden and rapidly developing symptoms”, and said she and her two children had all tested negative.

Işıl Reçber said her husband was isolated at the hospital and that they were not allowed to visit him. “This is a critical period and very difficult. May God give a speedy recovery to all the patients, including my husband,” she said.

“We convey our wishes for a speedy recovery to our former national team goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber who sported our jersey for many years; we wish for him to regain his health as soon as possible and hope to receive good news from him,” Fenerbahçe said on Twitter.

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