‘It goes really deep… it’s not pleasant’: Wales and Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo reveals what it’s like to take a coronavirus test – as Premier League stars face being tested TWICE a week at a cost of £4m to clubs
- Wales and Schalke forward Rabi Matondo has undergone coronavirus test
- Bundesliga is preparing to restart matches on May 16 following shutdown
- Matondo revealed the test involves long stick and called it ‘not pleasant’
- Premier League clubs may face £4million bill with players tested twice a week
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
The 19-year-old has been tested three times so far as part of the protocols governing the resumption of the season – with Premier League clubs also facing a huge £4million bill due to players needing to be tested twice a week as revealed by Sportsmail in April.
The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 as the pandemic spread through Europe but with Germany easing lockdown it is now hoped the season can be completed as Matondo’s Schalke prepare to visit Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Wales and Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo has described the coronavirus test as ‘not pleasant’
Premier League stars will need to be tested twice a week at a cost to clubs of around £4million
Matondo told The Times: ‘They get this long stick.
‘They put it down your throat and then get another one and put it up your nose to places you’d never be able to get your finger.
‘It goes really deep, so you can imagine the feeling; it’s not pleasant. I try to prepare myself mentally for it.’
Schalke boss David Wagner watches over training from an elevated platform on the pitch
Training for Bundesliga teams has resumed with players working individually from each other
Schalke, under former Huddersfield boss David Wagner, six sixth in the table and will be pushing for a Europa League spot with nine games left.
Yet Matondo admitted there were still a few concerns within the squad ahead of competitive action resuming.
Matondo added: ‘Now, it’s starting to get a bit more serious with the games coming up next week.
‘We’re kind of allowed to tackle but you’re still hesitant about it. When we go for drink breaks we’re spaced out. It’s weird and it’s going to be weird over the next few weeks.’
Medical chiefs at the 20 top-flight clubs had a lengthy video conference call on Saturday, when it was decided that players and essential staff should be tested for Covid-19 twice a week for the duration of the season, from the point when group training recommences.