International break claims more victims as Doherty, Elneny test positive for Covid-19
Having already mangled the likes of Joe Gomez, Nathan Ake and Christian Pulisic through injury, this international break has now begun using its latest weapon, Covid-19, to put players out of commission when they return to their respective clubs.
Two days ago, Liverpool’s Mo Salah tested positive for the coronavirus while on duty with Egypt. And it now appears that his international team-mate, Mo Elneny, has also been diagnosed with the virus.
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The Arsenal midfielder tested positive for the virus after arriving in Togo for Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this morning (SGT). Both he and Salah are asymptomatic, but they will still have to observe the UK government’s self-isolation rules – which requires them to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the time test is taken – when they return to their clubs in England.
But it’s not just the Egyptians who have been struck by the Covid-19 international break virus. Tottenham Hotspur’s Irish full-back Matt Doherty has also tested positive for the virus, following the Republic of Ireland’s 0-1 defeat to Wales on Monday (SGT).
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This means that the 28-year-old boyhood Arsenal fan will miss Spurs’ crunch match against Manchester City on Sunday morning (SGT).
True to form, the news did not sit well with Jose Mourinho, who subsequently took to social media to post a sarcastic message about the international break.
“Amazing week of football. Great emotions in the national team matches, superb friendlies and total safety,” the message read.
“Covid test results after matches been played, randomers running on the pitch while team sessions are taking place and much more.
“After another training session with only six players, it is now time to take care of myself.”
But hey, at least FIFA and UEFA and getting richer even during this time of Covid-19. And since they are football governing bodies overseeing the game, them getting more resources can only be good for football, right?