Thankfully, per a new report from Bild, the opening group stage match in the Champions League between Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid will go on as scheduled today despite a COVID scare from Serge Gnabry’s positive test on Tuesday.
Gnabry tested positive during Bayern’s training session at Sabener Strasse on Tuesday even after taking the test prior to the start of said training session. It was then feared that other players in the squad might have the virus given the winger’s positive test result, but the health department has swiftly conducted and finished their investigation into the matter and no one else has tested positive. Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso were the two players that got closest to Gnabry during Tuesday’s light session, but both received negative test results earlier today.
The investigation into Gnabry’s positive result also deemed that there were no first-degree contacts that needed to be tested based on the guidelines that constitute close contact. This is aided by the strict guidelines in place to ensure that the players are exposed to a very limited number of family members to significantly reduce their risk of potentially spreading the virus to anyone else. That, in culmination with the club’s routine testing protocols.
Hansi Flick will obviously have to make some personnel decisions now that Gnabry won’t be involved, as he more than likely would’ve started. This could warrant starts for both Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa, unless Flick decides to play either Thomas Muller or perhaps even Alphonso Davies in one of the advanced wing positions.