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Neymar tests positive for COVID-19

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Neymar is one of three Paris Saint- Germain stars to have contracted the coronavirus , a well – placed source told AFP on Wednesday , after the Champions League runners – up announced several positive tests .
“ Three Paris Saint- Germain players have confirmed positive Sars CoV 2 tests and are subject to the appropriate health protocol , ” PSG said in a statement .
“ All of the players and coaching staff will continue to undergo tests in the coming days . ”
When contacted by AFP , the club declined to confirm the identity of the players in question.
But the source replied “ yes ” when asked if Neymar was one of those to test positive , along with teammates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes , as had earlier been reported by French sports daily L ’Equipe .
The cases would appear to be linked to a holiday trip to the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza that several PSG players took following the Champions League final defeat by Bayern Munich .
The news is a setback to the French champions’ preparations for the scheduled start of their Ligue 1 campaign next week , with a game away at Lens set for September 10 but possibly now at risk of being postponed .
PSG had already said on Monday that two unnamed players had reported back with coronavirus symptoms following a holiday.
L ’ Equipe reported the players in question at the time were Argentinian duo Di Maria and Paredes .
Those two, and Neymar , were among several players who travelled to Ibiza following the Champions League final , mixing with friends and family after spending the previous weeks isolated in a secure sanitary ‘ bubble ’ with teammates in Portugal.
– Postponement raises questions – That was after the controversial decision was taken to postpone the game at newly – promoted Lens , initially scheduled for last Saturday, in order to give the PSG squad a break following their Champions League ‘Final Eight’ exertions .
PSG , France ’s richest club, have played five competitive games in the last six months .
Mauro Icardi , Ander Herrera, Keylor Navas and Marquinhos were also in Ibiza, and the latter ’s wife revealed on Instagram that the Brazilian defender had been placed in isolation while awaiting the results of his own test for Covid – 19 ,
After playing Lens on September 10 , PSG are then due to entertain bitter rivals Marseille three days later.
In the meantime, various members of coach Thomas Tuchel ’ s squad are set to play for their countries in the UEFA Nations League , with Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe in France ’ s squad for a game against Croatia just 48 hours before their club ’ s scheduled return to action .
But their South American stars including Neymar are not involved in international action .
Strict French league rules stipulate that collective team training sessions must be cancelled if a club has at least four positive tests over an eight – day period , with match postponements possible .
The cases raise questions about why the French league decided to postpone PSG ’ s match in Lens , only for so many of their players to travel abroad on holiday during a pandemic .
The last French season was ended early, with 10 rounds of matches left unplayed, because of the health crisis , and the start of the new French season has already been impacted.
In recent weeks , several Ligue 1 clubs have reported positive tests , including Strasbourg , Lyon, Marseille , Rennes , Nantes and Montpellier.
Marseille ’s game against Saint- Etienne on August 21, which was set to be the season opener, was postponed .

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UCL : Juventus Vs Barcelona Today At 9pm

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The headline news in the footballing world last week was, of course, that Cristiano Ronaldo had tested positive for Covid-19.
Said test result means Ronaldo has already missed two games for Juventus.
First up, the veteran hitman was unable to feature over the weekend as Andrea Pirlo’s side were held to a 1-1 draw with Crotone.
Then, Ronaldo would also miss Juventus’ Champions League opener on Tuesday, in which the Serie A champions were able to see off Dynamo Kyiv by two goals to nil – Alvaro Morata was on target for both strikes that day.
How Ronaldo can feature vs Barcelona
Whilst Juventus probably weren’t too concerned about not being able to call upon Ronaldo vs Kyiv, they will no doubt be desperate to have their star man back for next week’s Champions League clash.
Next up, Juventus are set to take on Hellas Verona in the Serie A on Sunday. The Bianconeri are then set to go head-to-head with Barcelona in a Champions League tie on Wednesday.
Given said outfits are clear favourites in Group C, Wednesday’s tie could go a long way to deciding who tops the table.
As a result, Juve really need Ronaldo back. And according to reports emerging from Italy, UEFA will allow Ronaldo to feature vs Barca if, on Wednesday, he can prove he at least has ‘a low viral load’.
Returning a negative Covid-19 test is not said to be necessary for UEFA, however, if Ronaldo wishes to feature vs Verona, the Portuguese standout must provide a negative test by Friday:

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UCL : Manchester United Vs Leipzig Today At 9pm

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Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the weekend did little to dispel the common criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as incapable of unlocking a bunkered defense. The Reds shaded the stalemate, even coming close to a win with Marcus Rashford’s late curler, but can have no complaints with the result. Frank Lampard’s back three — more like a back five, really — kept United at bay and denied the likes of Daniel James and Rashford space to operate. New season, same old problem.
(3) Thankfully, RB Leipzig are unlikely to follow in Lampard’s footsteps on Wednesday night. The Bundesliga leaders know only one speed: all out. Whether in attack or on the press, Leipzig are aggressive and refuse to sit back. Expect them to push high up the pitch, playing the ball vertically to stay on the front foot, and overloading the flanks to gain a numerical advantage. This profile plays into counterattack-loving Manchester United’s hands, but RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is quite gifted at throwing tactical curveballs.
(4) Coming out of the international break, Solskjaer seems to have found his preferred midfield pivot: Scott McTominay and Fred. The pair started in the wins at Newcastle and PSG and the Chelsea draw, controlling the middle and providing defensive support that had been sorely lacking in earlier matches. Their strong play, though, leaves Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek out in the cold. Solskjaer has found minutes for Pogba as a super-sub of sorts, but Van de Beek is still struggling for a chance.

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NFF, FIFA Celebrate Ex – Eagles Star, Obafemi Martins At 36

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NFF, FIFA Celebrate Ex-Eagles Star Martins At 36
The Nigeria Football Federation and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) have sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martin at 36, Completesports.com reports.
Both football bodies took to their verified Twitter handles to celebrate Martins.
The NFF wrote :”Happy birthday @Obafemimartins. Have a good one.”
And according to FIFA:”@Obafemimartins is a man who knows how to celebrate in style. We hope the former @NGSuperEagles forward is backflipping about on his 36th birthday.”
Martins made his Super Eagles debut in 2004 scored 18 goals in 42 appearances before retiring from international football in 2015.
He featured at three Africa Cup of Nations with the Eagles in 2006, 2010 and 2010 winning bronze in all the editions he attended.
He was a member of the Eagles squad to the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa.
At club level Martins played for Reggiana, Inter Milan, Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan, Birmingham City and Seattle Sounders.
Martins scored the winning goal in the 2011 Football League Cup Final as Birmingham beat Arsenal 2–1 at Wembley Stadium , having been brought on as an 83rd-minute substitute.

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