Ludogorets players arrive at the San Siro for Inter Milan clash wearing face masks amid coronavirus outbreak

Ludogorets players were again pictured wearing face masks as they arrived at the San Siro for Thursday night’s Europa League clash.

The match with Inter Milan is taking place behind-closed-doors because of the coranavirus outbreak affecting Italy.

Ludogorets players and staff were pictured arriving at the San Siro with face masks on

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Ludogorets players and staff were pictured arriving at the San Siro with face masks on

There have been over 400 cases of the deadly coronavirus confirmed in Italy – the worst affected county in Europe

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There have been over 400 cases of the deadly coronavirus confirmed in Italy – the worst affected county in Europe

The Bulgarian champions went into the match trailing 2-0 from the first leg after goals from former Premier League duo Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku.

And the players and staff associated with the club are taking no chances of picking up the deadly infection, covering their faces with a protective mask.

There have been 400 cases of the virus in Italy – the highest number of infections outside Asia – with a 25 per cent surge in the last 24 hours.

In total, more than 80,000 people in approximately 40 countries have been affected by the deadly respiratory system disease.

Players were also pictured wearing masks on the San Siro surface ahead of the behind-closed-doors Europa League clash

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Players were also pictured wearing masks on the San Siro surface ahead of the behind-closed-doors Europa League clash

More than than 2,700 people have already died, with mass international efforts focused on containing the spread of the outbreak.

A Serie C player in Italy has been confirmed as the first professional footballer to contract the disease.

The unnamed male, who plays for US Pianese ASD, reportedly ‘put himself in voluntary quarantine’ with doctors then testing him for the disease, officially named COVID-19, and the results subsequently came back positive.

Premier League giants Arsenal are also taking extra measures to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in London – banning any journalist displaying symptoms of the illness.

Reporters who wish to attend Saturday’s press conference ahead of their FA Cup clash with Portsmouth are required to fill out a medical form beforehand.

Should the person have any symptoms associated with the coronavirus, including cough, shortness of breath and ‘flu-like’ symptoms, they will not be allowed entry.