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Bayern's Mueller tests positive for COVID-19

February 11, 2021 22:00 IST
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IMAGE: Bayern Munich's German Thomas Mueller. Photograph: Christof Stache//Reuters

Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Mueller has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Club World Cup final against Mexico's Tigres UANL on Thursday, world soccer governing body FIFA said.

Bayern, who beat Egypt's Al Ahly in the semi-final on Monday, are eyeing their sixth title in less than nine months after winning all domestic and European trophies in 2020.

"FIFA can confirm that following the standard PCR test, FC Bayern Muenchen player Thomas Mueller has tested positive for COVID-19," it said in a statement.

 

"In line with the medical procedures in place at the FIFA Club World Cup 2020, the player has been placed in isolation and will be ineligible for today's final."

Mueller has been in sensational form this season, having scored 10 times in the Bundesliga and set up another 10 goals.

He is not the first Bayern player to be infected with the virus as Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez have already been sidelined by it.

PSG's Neymar to miss Barca tie with groin injury

Paris St Germain forward Neymar will be sidelined for four weeks due to a groin injury, the French Ligue 1 club said on Thursday, ruling him out of next week's Champions League trip for their last-16, first leg against his former club Barcelona.

Neymar was injured in a challenge during PSG's 1-0 French Cup win at Ligue 2 side Caen on Wednesday and limped off to be replaced by Kylian Mbappe.

The 29-year-old Brazilian's availability for the return leg in Paris is also in doubt with the match scheduled for March 10.

Neymar scored three goals and provided four assists in PSG's run to the Champions League final last season, where they lost to Bayern Munich. He has six goals in the competition this season.

The Brazil international spent four seasons at Barcelona and scored 105 goals before making a world record 222 million euros ($269.51 million) move to PSG in 2017.

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