Bayern Munich & Atletico Madrid Champions League Clash in Doubt Due to Coronavirus

Serge Gnabry
Serge Gnabry tested positive for coronavirus recently | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Bayern Munich’s Champions League game against Atletico Madrid could be postponed following Serge Gnabry’s positive coronavirus test.

Die Roten are looking to defend the European crown they won back in the summer, and the reigning champions are scheduled to kick off their group stage campaign against Diego Simeone’s side at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.

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Bayern are the current champions of Europe | Pool/Getty Images

However, the game going ahead as normal has been jeopardised because of Gnabry testing positive for coronavirus. News of the forward’s result was released on Tuesday evening, with the rest of Bayern’s squad being forced to undergo additional testing as a result.

According to German football journalist Raphael Honigstein, the results for this are due back at 3pm local time. If it is found that the infection has spread throughout the Bayern camp, the game could be postponed.

In Germany, local authorities have the power to impose their own sanctions if the game is viewed as too big a risk to public health.

As reported by Bild, Die Roten are worried that more players could test positive after Gnabry was pictured partaking in contact stretching during a recent training session. Overall, 25 players took part in that particular session and although they all followed the Covid prevention measures implemented by the club, further infections cannot be ruled out entirely.

According to UEFA regulations, as long as 13 first team players – including one goalkeeper – test negative, Bayern’s game against Atletico will go ahead. It is now a waiting game to see how many members of the squad will be available for the contest.

Juventus were also hit with a coronavirus outbreak recently. Both Weston McKennie and Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive and subsequently missed the Old Lady’s 2-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday, due to them being in self-isolation.

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