ALVARO Morata’s wife revealed she also has the lifelong virus that hit the Juventus star.
Alice Campello also said that Morata was passed the virus by their son Alessandro.
Alvaro Morata celebrates his 28th birthday with wife Alice Campello, twin sons Leonardo, Alessandro and new arrival EduardoCredit: Instagram / @alvaromorata
Alice Campello gave an update on Alvaro Morata’s conditionCredit: Instagram
Morata, 28, was diagnosed with Cytomegalovirus (CMV) which stays in the body for the duration of your life.
However, it is common and usually harmless and can cause flu-like symptoms – similar to those the Spaniard was exhibiting.
Morata’s diagnosis came after feeling faint and needing to lie down after Juventus’ loss to Porto in the Champions League.
And model Alice, 25, gave on update on the striker’s condition.
She explained: “Ale was the first to be unwell. Then he passed it on to Alvaro and we discovered that it was a virus.
“He is recovering and he really wants to play again. It is a virus that many people have passed through (me too).”
CMV is related to the herpes virus that causes cold sores and chickenpox but many people will carry it without realising.
The couple have three sons togetherCredit: Instagram / @alicecampello
Alice revealed she initially ignored Alvaro’s messages but they were engaged less than a year laterCredit: Instagram / @alvaromorata
It is transmitted via close contact but can only be passed on when it is ‘active’ – usually when you first contract the virus.
Morata came on in the 76th minute of Monday night’s 3-0 win over Crotone in Serie A.
Juve chief football officer Fabio Paratici told Sky Sport in Italy: “We play a lot, it is difficult to keep a constant performance in a normal season, let alone this one.
“They also had a lot of small problems. First he had flu, now an intestinal disorder.
“This has prevented him from training constantly and he has lost his condition a bit.
“He is a top-level player and an extraordinary guy. Now he will be back in a position where he will be able to give us a hand in the season finale.”
What is Cytomegalovirus (CMV)?
Information provided by the NHS website.
It is is a common virus that is usually harmless.
Sometimes it causes problems in babies if you get it during pregnancy.
CMV is related to the herpes virus that causes cold sores and chickenpox.
Once you have the virus, it stays in your body for the rest of your life.
Your immune system usually controls the virus and most people do not realise they have it.
But CMV can cause serious health problems in some babies who get the virus before birth, and in people who have a weakened immune system.
CMV does not usually cause symptoms.Some people get flu-like symptoms the first time they get CMV, including:
- a high temperature
- aching muscles
- skin rash
- feeling sick
- sore throat
- swollen glands
If you do have symptoms, they usually get better without treatment within about 3 weeks.
Through close contact with an infected person.Virus only spread when it is ‘active’.
It is active when:
- you get CMV for the first time – young children often get CMV for the first time at nursery
- the virus has “re-activated” – because you have a weakened immune system
- you’ve been re-infected – with a different type (strain) of CMV
Alvaro Morata in action during Juventus’ clash with Crotone on Monday nightCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Morata and his wife Alice have three boys – Leonardo, Alessandro and Eduardo.
In an interview with the weekly, Alice, 25, said: “He had seen a picture of me and asked many people if they knew me, to introduce us, but we had no friends in common.
“So he wrote to me (on Instagram). I answered him after a long time and, in the end, we met.
“When I met him, he struck me because I immediately knew he was very serious.
“For example, two weeks after our first date, he drove eight hours to meet my family, and returned to Turin very late, even though he had to train early the next day.
“This and a thousand other gestures.”
She continued: “His friends and family had never seen him like this and he kept telling me he wanted to marry me: in the end, he asked me eight months after we started dating.
“It’s been almost five years and three children.
“I think it is like this when you really fall in love: you change priorities and you just want to build something with the person you love.
“For me it was the same.”