De Bruyne positive, Kimmich back in iso

With cases again surging in Europe the the coronavirus continues to affect the soccer programme with international midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Joshua Kimmich both ruled out of this weekend’s programme.

Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty with Belgium, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday, and will isolate for 10 days.

“We have to be careful, people are dying from COVID. He’s vaccinated so hopefully he will be okay,” said Guardiola.

Bayern Munich’s Kimmich is not vaccinated, which has led to much debate in Germany. This means under Bavarian health rules he has to self-isolate for at least seven days as a close contact has tested positive.

Kimmich had only just returned from quarantine after team-mate Niklas Suele tested positive. Suele is yet to return and Munich full-back Josip Stanisic (who like Suele is vaccinated) has now also tested positive.

Also in Germany the coach of Werder Bremen, Markus Anfang, is under criminal investigation for allegedly using a false coronavirus vaccination certificate.

The second division club said late Thursday they have been informed of the investigation and Anfang had protested his innocence in a meeting with club officials.

Anfang had said in the statement: “I got double vaccinated in an official vaccination centre and received the stickers to put it my yellow vaccination passport just like every double-jabbed citizen has.

“I then got these records digitalised at the pharmacy and assumed that everything was sorted. I very much hope that this situation gets cleared up quickly.”

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