Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry has tested positive for Covid-19, the club has confirmed, handing the Champions League holders a blow ahead of their quarter-final reunion with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old was absent from training on Tuesday ahead of Hansi Flick‘s side’s first-leg encounter with Mauricio Pochettino‘s Ligue 1 giants, leading to reports suggesting that he had been sidelined for one reason or another.
It is not the first time that the former Werder Bremen man has tested affirmative for the coronavirus, having first done so in October last year, only for his case to be reported as a false positive five days later.
“Serge Gnabry has tested positive for coronavirus,” the club confirmed in a brief statement posted to their Twitter account.
Serge Gnabry has tested positive for Coronavirus. The FC Bayern forward is feeling fine and is now quarantining at home. ℹ️ pic.twitter.com/AAnzZ5HtLK— 🏆🏆🏆FC Bayern English🏆🏆🏆 (@FCBayernEN) April 6, 2021
“The FC Bayern forward is feeling fine and is now quarantining at home.”
Gnabry is not the first player to be ruled out of Bayern’s encounter with PSG this week, as the two sides meet for the first time since the Bundesliga heavyweights defeated their French rivals in last season’s Champions League Final.
Alessandro Florenzi has already been ruled out of the visitors’ trip to Allianz Arena, as has Marcos Verratti, with both of them returning positive tests.
It comes amid a spike of cases in the wake of the March international break, in which players crossed club bubbles to link up with their country, many of whom played their part in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.