Paris, September 4
Three extra Paris Saint-Germain gamers examined optimistic for the coronavirus, taking the quantity to this point to 6 and throwing the membership’s begin to the brand new season into chaos.
PSG introduced the optimistic exams late on Thursday, with out giving the names of the gamers and solely saying that they’re “subject to the appropriate health protocol”. But sports activities day by day L’Equipe named them as defender Marquinhos, goalkeeper Keylor Navas and striker Mauro Icardi. The different three instances, confirmed by the membership on Wednesday, reportedly are ahead Neymar, winger Angel di Maria and midfielder Leandro Paredes.
All six have been a part of a latest vacation journey to Ibiza in Spain, which was authorised, following the membership’s defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League ultimate on August 23.
Some gamers posted images on their social community accounts, posing along with their arms round one another or with their companions.
In order to make that journey attainable, PSG’s opening league recreation of the brand new marketing campaign away to Lens — initially scheduled for August 29 — was pushed again to September 10, drawing robust criticism from Lens followers.
Some observers questioned the knowledge of letting gamers go off on vacation throughout a pandemic and whether or not the membership lacks authority over its stars.
French champion PSG can also be meant to face bitter rival Marseille at residence three days after the Lens recreation, however each might but be postponed due to well being and security protocol.
Players put in isolation are forbidden from coaching with the squad or enjoying for 14 days after a optimistic check, except they produce two unfavourable exams inside 48 hours.
Should PSG’s video games be postponed, the membership faces a backlog of matches with the Champions League beginning on October 20.
The first recreation of the French soccer season was postponed final month due to an outbreak of COVID-19 instances at Marseille after the southern membership confirmed 4 optimistic instances amongst its first-team gamers and employees.
Several different French golf equipment have been hit by the virus, together with Montpellier, Rennes and Lyon. AP