The German Football Federation (DFB) announced on Thursday that a player from the German national team has tested positive for Covid-19 in tests carried out before Thursday’s game against Iceland in Duisburg. The player, who has no symptoms, has been isolated. The DFB did not communicate whether or not the positive could affect the celebration of said meeting, corresponding to the first day of the qualifying phase for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
According to the Bild newspaper, the player who has tested positive is Borussia Mönchengladbach’s midfielder Jonas Hoffmann. At the moment its chain of contacts is being rebuilt and the DFB is in talks with the health authorities to decide the next steps.
“Naturally this is bad news before the game, for the coach and for the whole team,” said DFB director of national teams Oliver Bierhoff.
“However, we trust that it is an isolated case since we have disciplinedly followed the biological safety plans. Naturally we will abide by all the measures taken by the authorities ”, he added.
Since the start of the concentration on Monday, two rounds of PCR tests and one of rapid tests have been carried out. The players remain, for the moment, in their rooms.