Munich: Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry has tested positive for the coronavirus. On Wednesday, he will miss the Champions League quarterfinal against Paris Saint-Germain.
The 25-year-old Gnabry “is feeling fine and is now quarantining at home,” Bayern said on Tuesday.
Earlier coach Hansi Flick told a news conference that Gnabry “has a sore throat and will most likely miss out. He added midfielder Marc Roca “got injured on Sunday and will not be involved”, DPA news agency reports. It was not clear whether Gnabry will be a part of the second match in Paris or not.
Gnabry previously tested positive for COVID-19 in October, when he missed Bayern’s Champions League. Flick will also miss his top scorer Robert Lewandowski, who was injured during international duty with Poland, against PSG.
“I will see if everyone is fit. Everyone who was on the pitch today [during training] can probably play tomorrow. But sometimes you have a gut feeling so I want to keep my options open,” Flick said.
After last seasons’ Champions League final, Bayern and PSG meet again in less than eight months. They won by the Bavarians. But Flick said Wednesday’s game is a whole new contest.
“It’s a new game, PSG have a new coach, there are new conditions”, he said. Bayern wanted to reach the semi-finals and the players had to concentrate hard on that, he added.
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Flick lauded Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who will expectedly act as Lewandowski’s replacement as he did against RB Leipzig on April 3. The previous season, Choupo-Moting took part in the final, but on PSG’s side.
“Choupo is an important player for us. He showed his quality in Leipzig. He is also important to the team because he is a good lad. We’re happy to have him,” Flick said.