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Former Toronto FC defender Nick Hagglund reveals he has tested positive for COVID-19

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The 28 year old released a statement Saturday afternoon in an effort to raise awareness.

SOCCER: SEP 19 MLS - FC Cincinnati at New York Red Bulls
FC Cincinnati defender Nick Hagglund in action
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TORONTO, Canada—Former Toronto FC defender Nick Hagglund released a statement Saturday afternoon, revealing that he has contracted the COVID-19 virus.

“As you may or may not have heard, a player from FC Cincinnati has contracted COVID-19,” wrote Hagglund. “Full transparency: it’s me.”

After undergoing a COVID-19 test Thursday morning, Hagglund says he quickly developed symptoms later that afternoon. The subsequent COVID test would prove to be positive.

The 28 year old, who mentions that he and his family have been ‘vigilant in wearing masks, washing hands, and limiting (their) contact with others,’ wanted to use this as an opportunity to shed light on what’s still very much an ongoing battle.

“Please let our circumstance be a swift reminder that this virus is real and still present,” wrote Hagglund. “Please continue to take steps to mitigate the risk to yourself and your community. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Do not go out if you don’t feel well.”

The 2014 10th-overall selection by Toronto FC spent five years with the Reds, making 115 appearances and winning the MLS Cup in 2017, before being traded to his hometown team FC Cincinnati on Jan. 23, 2019.

A class act during his time in Canada, from us here at WTR, we’re wishing Nick a speedy and full recovery.