Papu Gomez reveals Atalanta teammate Josip Ilicic ‘had COVID and fell into depression’.
Ilicic didn’t return to the pitch after the lockdown and sat out the remainder of 2019-20 and La Dea captain Gomez told TyC Sports he had contracted the coronavirus.
The Slovenia international returned to his homeland ahead of Atalanta’s quarter-final in the Champions League and reports in Italian media said it was a difficult time for Ilicic and he was not in the right mind-set to think about football.
“He had the coronavirus and fell into depression,” Gomez told TyC Sports. “There comes a moment when the head explodes. He’s fine now.”
The 32-year-old has appeared two times in Serie A 2020-21 and contributed an assist in the first Champions League match against FC Midtjylland last week.
He is not expected to start against Ajax tonight, but could be involved again when the Dutch giants arrive in Bergamo.