Former Man Utd star Andrei Kanchelskis to self-isolate as he contracts coronavirus

Andrei Kanchelskis has been forced to self-isolate for fourteen days in Uzbekistan after contracting Covid-19.

The ex-Manchester United winger, 51, is currently boss of Navbahor Namangan but has stood down as he recovers from the virus in a hotel in Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital.

A number of his players have also tested positive but Kanchelskis said: “I am gradually feeling better and already have an appetite, plus my voice and body is recovering.

“The main thing is that there is no temperature. I recently measured it at 36.9, but during the first days I stayed here it was 37, so I did not feel very comfortable.



“Now I am in a hotel in Tashkent; tomorrow I am going to do a full examination and I will pass all the tests.

“If everything goes well, I will go to Namangan, and if not, I will probably be hospitalised, but I think it will not come to that.”

Kanchelskis was a key figure when Sir Alex Ferguson led United to their first championship in 26 years in 1993.

He helped inspire a league and FA Cup double the following season before joining Everton in 1995 after demanding a move from Old Trafford.

He then moved to Fiorentina, won three league titles and three Scottish Cups at Rangers and had a brief loan spell at Manchester City before ending his time in British football at Southampton.



Andrei Kanchelskis was a leading light for Man Utd in the early 1990s

Since 2007, Kanchelskis has worked at several clubs in Russia and Latvia in various roles and held talks with Derry City about becoming their manager in 2015.

He said in a recent interview with the Sunday Mirror: “My goal was always to become a manager after I finished playing and to manage in England is my dream.

“Now I have my UEFA Pro license, and with the experiences I have had, I believe I’m one step closer to managing in England and am open to any opportunities that come my way.”

Kanchelskis has the rare distinction of being the only player to have scored in Manchester, Merseyside and Old Firm derbies.

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