French midfielder Junior Sambia is out of a coma after testing positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
Sambia was the first football player in the Ligue 1 to contract the virus leading to his admission to intensive care after his symptoms worsened.
It is understood the Montpellier star was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, April 21, with severe gastroenteritis but his condition failed to improve.
But after days of treatment, the 23-year-old appears to be making significant progress, with his agent, Federic Guerra, confirming the footballer is out of a coma and can now breath on his own.
"They stopped breathing assistance. The process is long, but he is no longer in a coma. We are probably going towards good news," Guerra divulged to French radio station RTL.
Sambia has made 22 appearances for Montpellier this season, finding the back of the net once. He initially joined the club on loan from Chamois Niortais before making the move permanent in 2018.
France has recorded more than 123,000 cases of coronavirus with more than 20,000 succumbing to the virus.