Soccer Football - World Cup Qualifiers - UEFA Qualifiers - Germany Training - Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany - March 23, 2021 Germany coach Joachim Loew speaks to his players during training (Reuters)
A Germany player has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier at home to Iceland on Thursday, the country's football association (DFB) said.
"The PCR testing of players and staff in the national team's quarters on Wednesday showed a positive test result on Thursday morning ahead of the game against Iceland," the DFB said on its website (www.dfb.de).
"In close cooperation with the Duesseldorf health department, the player who tested positive and is symptom-free was immediately isolated.
"The establishment of contacts and further coordination with the health department are currently in progress."
National team director Oliver Bierhoff added: "Of course, this news is bitter so shortly before the game, for the coach and the entire team.
"But we are in good spirits that this will remain the only case as we have been very disciplined in taking all the hygienic measures. Naturally, we will implement all the requirements of the authorities."
Germany are due take on Iceland in Europe's Group J on Thursday (1945 GMT) before they visit Romania on Sunday and host North Macedonia on Wednesday.
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