Former West Ham United star Marko Arnautovic is stuck in halfway house isolation as his nightmare move to China continues.
The coronavirus pandemic has gripped the world and put a halt to football and virtually all sport.
West Ham’s battle against relegation has been paused for now.
And there is uncertainty over when it might resume.
With the new COVID-19 disease originating in Wuhan, China, the mega rich football league there has been out of action ever since.
Former Hammer in halfway house limbo
That has left former West Ham star Arnautovic in limbo too.
Arnautovic left West Ham in acrimonious circumstances last summer when he forced the club’s hand to sell him to Shanghai SIPG for a paltry £22.5million (Sky Sports).
It came just a few months after the Austrian striker had penned a new big money long-term deal with the Hammers.
Arnautovic has scored 10 goals in 16 games for SIPG.
After trips home to Austria and to Germany over the last few months, Arnautovic has been quarantined several times.
Arnie’s series of quarantine ordeals
The Daily Mail even claimed Arnautovic wanted a stunning West Ham return in the January transfer window but could not due to planes being grounded.
The Mail reported Arnautovic was keen to return and work under David Moyes, who converted him to a striker.
And he is now stuck in isolation limbo over in Dubai, a halfway house used by China for their foreign stars.
And the ex West Ham forward has called on people to take isolation seriously in a video message sent to Austrian TV show ZIB 2.
“Dear people, I am addressing you today with an urgent appeal,” he said in the broadcast on ZIB 2.
Striker makes isolation appeal
“Take the situation seriously, stay at home! Only go out of the house for urgent errands. This way you protect yourself and the others. Especially your grandparents.
“I’ve already had several quarantines and believe me, there are worse things.
“In this sense: stick to the regulations and stay healthy. Your Marko!”
The mature message in difficult times should be praised.
Young people will look up to the striker and take his message on board.
Any animosity from West Ham fans will be put to one side for now too as the human race comes together to fight a common enemy.