Athletico Madrid player, Diego Costa, and Santiago Arias have tested positive for coronavirus and have been on isolation. They will both be exempted from the preseason training today. Other players underwent their test on Thursday but costa and arias were not present due to their positive test result.
Athletico Madrid said the two players are currently isolating themselves and they have shown no symptoms of the disease. Athletico will start the season at the end of the month and will face Granada in La Liga. Their first two season matches were postponed because they participated in the champions league quarter-finals and their season ended late.
According to the UEFA rules, the French delegation underwent tests on Wednesday due to their trip to Sweden for the nations league match on Saturday. France goalkeeper, Steve Mandanda will not feature in the match against Sweden and Croatia. After he was tested positive for coronavirus.
Steve Mandanda test positive for coronavirus, FFF said.
“The test of steve Mandanda was positive for coronavirus, the goalkeeper underwent another test on the same day but it still came positive. “Therefore, he cant take part in the match against Sweden. “And he will leave the group on Friday, The french football federation said in a statement.
Three other Paris saint Germain players have also tested positive for the disease, making the french squad to six. The news was confirmed by the club on Thursday.
The french Ligue-1 has begun since August 21 but the French champions are yet to start their league following their champions league final last month. The club has been given more time before they can start the league so that players could have little rest. They will begin their Ligue-1 fixtures on September 10 against Lens.
Meanwhile, Marseille and Saint Etienne were supposed to have their match played on an opening day but the match was postponed due to few players were tested positive for the disease.
The premier league is likely to face the same problem ahead of next season. As many players coming back from Greece already test positive. If there is an increase in the case and the need for key players to quarantine, the season could be disrupted at the beginning.