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Implications for German national team after Gündoğan tests positive for COVID-19

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We could be seeing a new-look German squad in the upcoming Nations League fixtures, as Gündoğan has contracted the COVID-19 virus.

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This pandemic has struck again: Manchester City midfielder İlkay Gündoğan has tested positive for COVID-19. The Premier League side announced Monday that he has contracted coronavirus and will now be observing a 10-day period of self isolation. This self-isolation will be in accordance with the strict guidelines set by the Premier League and UK Government.

The German midfielder started for Germany in the first two fixtures of this year’s Nations League tournament. He also score a goal in the match against the Swiss to salvage a point for the team. Gündoğan is a familiar face in this German squad in recent years, and his presence will be wanted for October’s Nations League fixtures. However, even with a speedy recovery and strict adhering to protocol and guidelines, it is uncertain whether he will make it to camp.

Germany is set to play Ukraine on October 10th and will have a chance to redeem themselves against Switzerland on October 13th. Without Gündoğan, Löw and other members of the team will have to step up. Young talent like Kai Havertz might be the freshen-up that this squad needs. These upcoming two fixtures could have an enormous impact on the future of the national team as fingers are starting to be pointed.

We wish Gündoğan a speedy and healthy recovery.