PSG: Kylian Mbappe tests positive for coronavirus
PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has left the France Nations League squad after becoming the latest international to return a positive test for coronavirus.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé has tested positive for coronavirus, joining a raft of players forced to leave their national teams during the FIFA break after either testing positive for Covid-19 or breaching protocols designed to prevent the spread of the virus during the latest round of international fixtures.
The 21-year-old has left the France squad after returning a positive test the day before their Nations League match against Croatia.
Mbappé is also expected to be unavailable for PSG's Ligue 1 matches with Lens, Marseille, Metz and Nice as he enters a period of quarantine.
The former Monaco man had been expected to play against Croatia, having shaken off an ankle injury sustained in the 1-0 win over Sweden last week.
"Kylian Mbappé 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."
France suffer spate of positive Covid-19 tests
Kylian Mbappé will miss the game against Croatia. His COVID-19 test - carried out by UEFA this morning - was positive, and he was isolated from the rest of the squad. pic.twitter.com/raCQsopF3R— French Team (@FrenchTeam) September 7, 2020
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and midfielder Houssem Aouar had already left the France squad after testing positive for Covid-19.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba had to withdraw shortly before Didier Deschamps' latest group was announced, having also returned a positive test.
Meanwhile, PSG have had six confirmed cases of the virus from among those players who are going through pre-season preparations.
Thomas Tuchel's side are due to begin their Ligue 1 title defence against Lens on Thursday in a match that has already been pushed back after PSG reached the Champions League final in August.
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