Ahead of the Club World Cup final, Bayern Munich frontman Thomas Muller has tested positive for Covid-19.
On Thursday, after being diagnosed with coronavirus, Muller will miss Bayern’s clash with Mexican outfit Tigres, with the 31-year-old star now expected to undergo a quarantine period of 10 days.
In the second half of the 2-0 semi-final win over El Ahly, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting could now take Muller’s place in Hansi Flick’s starting XI at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, having been brought on for him.
Thomas Müller, 31, tested positive for coronavirus at the FIFA Club World Cup in Doha and was immediately isolated. Bayern issued an official statement confirming Muller’s positive test.
“He would immediately go into quarantine after his return to Munich. This has been accepted by FC Bayern with the appropriate authorities.
“The whole FC Bayern team was tested again on Thursday. There were no further positive cases.”
Muller will also be unavailable against Arminia and Eintracht Frankfurt for selection for Bayern’s next two Bundesliga fixtures.
On Monday, the German champions will welcome Arminia to the Allianz Arena, before taking a ride to Deutsche Bank Park five days later to meet Frankfurt.
On February 23rd, Flick will then begin preparing his side for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 ties against Lazio. To participate, Muller would have to post a negative coronavirus test at least 48 hours before the encounter.
As they reach a critical round of games, Muller will be a huge loss for Bayern, with the former German international having played a key role in Flick’s set-up in the first half of the season.
From 31 outings in all competitions to date, he has contributed 13 goals and 14 assists to the team’s cause, linking up to great effect with Robert Lewandowski in the final third of the pitch.
Bayern fans will expect to return in time for the clash with Lazio in the Champions League, during which the current winners will defend their undefeated 16-game competition streak.