Romelu Lukaku fears 23 Internazionale players contracted coronavirus in January.
Italy is the European country worst hit by COVID-19 with almost 25,000 deaths from the disease.
And former Manchester United striker Lukaku has revealed Inter star Milan Skriniar ‘almost passed out’ as he was substituted in the first-half of a 1-1 draw against Cagliari three months ago.
In an Instagram Live Story with Kat Kerkhofs, wife of Belgium and Napoli forward Dries Mertens, Lukaku said: “We had a week off in January. We came back and I swear 23 out of 25 players were sick. No joke.
“We played at home against Radja Nainggolan’s Cagliari and after 25 minutes one of our defenders had to leave the field.
“He couldn’t go on and almost passed out. Everyone was coughing and having a fever.
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“It also bothered me; when I warmed up, I got much warmer than usual. I hadn’t had a fever in years.
“After the game there was another dinner with invitees from Puma, but I thanked them and went straight to bed.
“We were never tested for corona at that time, so we will never know for sure.”
Serie A has been suspended indefinitely with a return date still unknown.
And Lukaku has been doing his bit to help out during the ongoing pandemic by donating £88,000 to the San Raffaele hospital in Milan.
The 26-year-old added: “I contributed €100,000 to a hospital in Milan. I’ve never done things like this before, I never thought about it.
“As I get older, the more I realise that I have a platform to help people.
“I am here in Italy and have been received very well here. It is nice to support the people here.”