Bayern Munich’s French international defender Benjamin Pavard tested positive for COVID-19 and is already undergoing quarantine, the German club said on Thursday.
“It’s okay,” said the current European champion in a brief statement on the situation of the 24-year-old right-back, who will undoubtedly miss the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Lazio in Rome (23 February).
The world champion winger with the ‘Bleus’ is the fourth positive case for covid-19 in recent weeks; midfielders Javi Martínez (32 years old) and Leon Goretzka (26 years old) were affected by the virus at the end of January, which prevented them from going to Qatar for the Club World Cup.
Both have already returned to training with the rest of the teammate.
During the Qatari tournament, it was Thomas Müller (31 years old) who, a day before the final won against Tigres de México (1-0), tested positive despite the strict sanitary conditions in the Gulf country.
The forward is still in quarantine.
With Pavard leaving for several days and with the important matches awaiting the Bundesliga leader, coach Hansi Flick will have to find a solution to fill a position for which he does not have too many candidates.
The former Olympique de Marseille player Bouna Sarr is one of them, although the few minutes he has enjoyed suggest that he does not completely satisfy Flick.