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Verratti to miss Bayern clash after positive virus test

verratti to miss bayern clash after positive virus test

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 21, 2021 Paris Saint-Germain’s Italian midfielder Marco Verratti reacts during the French L1 football match between Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) and AS Monaco FC at The Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris. – Paris SG Italian midfielder Marco Verratti positive for Covid-19, won’t play the next UEFA Champions League football match against Bayern announced the club on April 2, 2021. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

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“After the latest PCR Sars-Cov2 test, Marco Verratti is confirmed positive. He will isolate and be subject to appropriate health protocol,” PSG said in a statement.

Italy midfielder Verratti, 28, will also miss PSG’s top-of-the-table clash with Lille on Saturday, with the teams in first and second place and locked on 63 points.

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This is the second time this year that Verratti has contracted Covid-19. He missed two Ligue 1 matches between the end of January and the start of February due to a positive virus test.

His absence will make the task harder for PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino as his will also be without Verratti’s midfield partner Leandro Paredes.

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Bayern will be without star striker Robert Lewandowski for Wednesday’s match at the Allianz Arena after the Pole was ruled out for nearly a month with a knee injury picked up on international duty.

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