'Unacceptable health risk' - Glory star Castro opts out of A-League


Perth Glory captain Diego Castro is citing coronavirus fears for opting out of the A-League's resumption.

The Spanish marquee has informed his club that playing while being based in a Sydney hub is an "unacceptable health risk" for himself and his family.

According to a report by Fox Sports, Castro has remained in Western Australia to go on a campervan holiday around the state's north with his family.

Castro, the 2015/16 Johnny Warren medallist, is understood not to have reported back to training with his Glory teammates when returned last month. 

"Unfortunately, Diego will not be available for the remainder of the season," Perth chief executive Tony Pignata said in a statement on Tuesday.

"But we understand this personal decision that he has come to after careful consideration."

Castro is the latest A-League star to sit out the season restart following Melbourne Victory's Ola Toivonen and Panagiotis Kone of Western United as well as foreign coaches Gertijan Verbeek of Adelaide United and former Brisbane Roar boss Robbie Fowler.

The absence of the 38-year-old Castro, who is contracted by Perth for another season, leaves a gaping hole.

Perth, who won last season's Premiers Plate before losing the grand final on penalties to Sydney FC, are fifth on the ladder with seven games remaining.

Source AAP