Monday March 23 2020
Toloi: 'Bergamo in difficulty'

Brazilian defender Rafael Toloi undergoes treatment at home to overcome his current injury problems but has claimed “football is the least of problems”.

The 29-year-old has played a vital part in a highly successful season for the Orobici, as they are currently fourth in Serie A and through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The centre-back has played 28 games before the season was suspended but revealed that he is more worried about the current situation in Bergamo than to resume play.

“We are having a very difficult time here, there are many cases of the Coronavirus in Lombardy and Bergamo, everything has stopped,” he told DAZN. “The order is to stay at home, to only go out for shopping.

“Atalanta as a team, has been standing still for more than a week. Training has been cancelled and the players are alone at Zingonia.

“I stay at home, just like my family, taking all necessary precautions to avoid contagion. I’m doing therapy to recover from injury, but football is now the least of problems.

“This virus is a serious matter. Bergamo has stopped and nobody is around. Even in Brazil, they are beginning to have cases. We hope that the people take responsibility. I’m sure that by doing the right things, we can win this battle.”

After describing his own situation, Toloi wanted to voice his concern for the ones he considers the real heroes in this tough moment.

“We must stay at home, praying for doctors and nurses, so that they can help us,” he added. “They are the real heroes, they can’t stay at home, they’re in hospitals, with the risk of contagion and they do their job helping the patients.”

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