Bayern Munich COVID-19 outbreak: Alphonso Davies tests positive, club seeks postponement

On the same day that Liverpool had their national cup match against Arsenal postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak, Bayern Munich became the latest European power to have upcoming matches in doubt due to the virus.

Canadian star Alphonso Davies has tested positive for COVID-19, his club Bayern Munich revealed. He is the seventh and last player from Bayern Munich’s first team to test positive in the past three days as the virus spreads among club members.

The outbreak began on January 3 when four players, including Manuel Neuer and Kingsley Coman, tested positive. The next day, four more players, including Lucas Hernández, Dayot Upamecano and Leroy Sane, tested positive, and Hernández returned his positive test while on vacation in the Maldives and will have to organize trips and his isolation.

Davies was the most recent player named by the club and the last forced to isolate himself.

“FC Bayern defender Alphonso Davies tested positive for COVID-19. He is fine and isolates himself at home,” he said short statement of the club read.

Assistant coach Dino Toppmöller also tested positive for the virus, with Bayern saying that all players and staff “are fine” despite contracting the virus.

When will Bayern Munich play?

The sudden restriction on Bayern’s squad could force them to postpone their next game.

Bayern Munich will play Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday 7 January, their first comeback game from the winter break. Bundesliga rules require a team to have 15 eligible players, including nine outfield players from the first team and a goalkeeper, to allow the match to continue.

In addition to the positive tests for COVID-19, Bayern Munich also do not have Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bouna Sarr, who left to compete in AFCON 2022, while Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka are on the verge of recovering from an injury. and could be available.

Sky Sports reporter Torben Hoffman stated that the club only had 10 first-team players in training on January 5, but could have more available the day before the game against Monchengladbach, depending on the recovery of Sule and Goretzka.

After the matchday 18 Bundesliga match against Monchengladbach, the next match is scheduled for Saturday 15 January, when Bayern visit FC Koln in the Bundesliga.