Benjamin Pavard has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now in quarantine. The French defender of Bayern Munich is expected to miss the first leg of the Champions League against Lazio on February 23.
Fourth case of Covid in a few weeks in Munich. French Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard tested positive for coronavirus, the German club said on Thursday. “He is fine”, said the German champion in his very short press release concerning the 24-year-old right-back, who will undoubtedly miss the knockout stages of the Champions League against Lazio in Rome (February 23).
The world champion is Bayern’s fourth positive coronavirus case in recent weeks: midfielders Javi Martinez and Leon Goretzka were affected by the virus at the end of January, preventing them from traveling to Qatar for the Club World Cup. They have since resumed collective training. During the tournament, it was Thomas Müller who, a day before the final, won by Bayern 1-0 against the Mexican Tigers, was in turn tested positive despite very strict sanitary conditions in Qatar. The latter is still in quarantine.
With the absence of Pavard for several days and while important meetings await the leader of the Bundesliga who must face in the league Frankfurt then Cologne, the coach Hansi Flick will have to find an alternative solution for a position where competition is not not numerous. The ex-Marseillais Bouna Sarr, transferred last summer to serve as a replacement for the world champion, has so far only experienced few tenures and has still not convinced.