Champions League: 9 days from France-Belgium, Kanté positive for covid and package against Juventus


N’Golo Kante, who tested positive for Covid, is forfeited for the Champions League match against Juventus on Wednesday. « N’Golo has tested positive (for Covid) and he must go into quarantine. He was not in training today« Thomas Tuchel said during the pre-match press conference. The quarantine required by the British government in the event of Covid contamination being ten days, this means that he will not be able to play in the league on Saturday either. against Southampton.

A real uncertainty also surrounds his presence for the gathering of the Blues who will face Belgium on October 7, or in 9 days, in the semi-final of the League of Nations. An absence of his midfielder would be a real blow for Didier Deschamps. Without formally revealing whether Kanté is vaccinated or not, Tuchel was cautious on the issue of vaccination of players.

N’Golo Kanté and Didier Deschamps – France

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« The players are adults who make their choice, it must be accepted« , he judged. »I can make a decision for myself, but everyone has to think about whether they want to take the risk or not. This is a sensitive issue. The vaccine seems to be a real protection, personally, I am vaccinated, but I do not see myself in a position to give recommendations, it would be going too far as a football coach.« , detailed Tuchel.

« We’re not at all angry with N’Golo, not at all. We are worried as we are worried about all our injured players, but obviously, we would prefer to have a full squad.« , concluded the German coach who will also have to do without Reece James, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic, injured.

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