• Matty Paddock

Charlotte Flair confirms she has COVID-19

WWE star Charlotte Flair has confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The multi-time former world champion confirmed the news on social media after days of speculation as to her status with the company.

Speculation had begun to grow among fans after The Queen had been removed from promotional posters for next month's WrestleMania extravaganza.

Flair was also absent from Monday Night's episode of Raw, where she had been feuding with Asuka over the Raw Women's Championship.

The 34-year-old put concerns to bed with a post on Twitter in which she thanked fans for their support.

"I know everyone has been wondering where I have been," said Flair, one of WWE's most popular and decorated athletes. "I tested positive for COVID and have been home resting Thank you everyone for your love."

The daughter of Hall of Famer Ric Flair, Charlotte had been due to meet Asuka for the title in a match at WrestleMania. The change in promotional material initially cast doubt on her appearance, which was added to on Monday when Rhea Ripley appeared to step into the void by challenging the Champion herself.

I tested positive for COVID and have been home resting

At this stage it is not known whether Flair will be added back into the mix in a triple threat match or something similar, or whether the diagnosis will rule her out of the show.

It has nonetheless been an eventful week or two for the star, whose fiancé Andrade was released by WWE over the weekend. The highly-rated former United States Champion will look to continue his career elsewhere after being used sparingly in recent months.

He did at least appear to offer some hope that his wife-to-be may be back in action sooner rather than later as he Tweeted: "4 more days, and you clear #mami I hope and go back to the wrestlemania poster. (sic)."

Flair is far from the first big name in WWE to have Coronavirus - former WWE Champions AJ Styles and Drew McIntyre also having taken time away from the ring after getting a positive diagnosis.

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