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Three new players from Paris Saint-Germain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the number of infected within the club to six and further complicating its resumption in Ligue 1. Contaminations that occur after the holidays of a good part of the PSG workforce in Ibiza, where the virus is actively circulating.
Paris Saint-Germain now has six players infected with the new coronavirus. “The latest Sars-CoV-2 PCR tests carried out within the Paris Saint-Germain squad confirm the result of three new positive cases. These players are following the appropriate health protocol,” the club said on Thursday (September 3rd). capital on Twitter.
The latest SarsCoV2 PCR tests carried out among the Paris Saint-Germain squad confirm the result of three new positive cases. These players follow the appropriate health protocol.
– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) September 3, 2020
They are added to three already announced: Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes according to information from the newspaper L’Équipe, confirmed to AFP by a source in the sports entourage of the players. The identity of the three new members of the squad who tested positive has not been disclosed but, according to L’Equipe, they are captain Marquinhos, goalkeeper Keylor Navas and striker Mauro Icardi. All of them spent their holidays in Ibiza. Players who spent their holidays elsewhere than on the Spanish island were tested on Thursday, later than the others.
New health protocol
A second postponement of the Lens-PSG match, scheduled for September 10 for the big debut in League 1 champion of France, however seemed a little less imminent with the relaxation of the health protocol decided by the Professional Football League (LFP).
Until then, the League could decide on a postponement from four positive cases detected within a club over eight rolling days. According to the amended protocol, validated by the League but which had to be brought to the attention of the Ministry of Sports, it will now be enough for 20 players including a goalkeeper to be negative, out of a list of 30 communicated by the club, to maintain a meeting.
PSG, which had already postponed the resumption of training to Friday, may have to delay it further and the workforce to train in small groups, as the League required until then.
In the meantime, these new contaminations will fuel the controversy on the Lensois side. The northern club had agreed to postpone its match against PSG, the first in Ligue 1 at Bollaert for nine years, postponed from August 29 to September 10 at the request of the Parisians, to allow Neymar’s partners to breathe after their journey to the Champions League final.
As soon as the postponement took effect, most of the Parisian players went on vacation, including a good part in Ibiza, where the virus is actively circulating. They published photos on social networks showing them parading on yachts off the island popular with football stars, with relative respect for barrier gestures, despite the club’s instructions.
If the match were to be held, Parisian coach Thomas Tuchel would in any case be faced with a puzzle. In addition to his French internationals Kylian Mbappé and Presnel Kimpembe, selected with the Blues to face Croatia two days before the match in Lens, the German technician can now no longer count on six executives because of the virus. And he will also have to anticipate a very dense schedule, with the reception of Marseille three days later at the Parc des Princes, a prelude to two meetings the following week against Metz and in Nice.
For the Lensois, the return of Ligue 1 to the Bollaert stadium is likely to face an alternate team … Already, the party is wasted.