8th September, 2020
The Covid-19 Pandemic is surely not about to go away until it causes as much damage to the human race and sports generally. It has ensured that it visited as many sports stars as possible. The list is endless as it stands now.
The latest sports personality on that list is the adorable PSG star forward – Kylian Mbappe.
He was preparing to play for France against Croatia in a Nations League match only for him to be informed about his test turning positive. Devastating news for the 21-year old striker.
That also means that the youngster will be unavailable for Paris St.Germain’s matches against Metz, Nice, Lens and Marseille as he goes into quarantine immediately.
Mbappe was on duty for France in the 1-0 win against Sweden last week where he sustained an ankle injury but was expected to feature in the game against Croatia as he had shaken off that injury.
It was however not to be as something else other the injury came up to stop him.
“Kylian Mbappe will miss the game against Croatia,” France confirmed in a short Twitter statement on Monday.
“His COVID-19 test – carried out by UEFA this morning – was positive, and he was isolated from the rest of the squad.”
Before the Mbappe Covid-19 case, Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and midfielder Houssem Aouar had already left the France squad after testing positive for the virus.
Even before those, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba had to withdraw shortly before Didier Deschamps’ latest group was announced, having also returned a positive test.
As it stands right now, PSG have had six confirmed cases of the virus from among those players who are going through pre-season preparations.
The French champions are now due to begin their Ligue 1 title defence against Lens on Thursday in a match that has already been postponed after PSG reached the Champions League final in August.