Update: 10:35AM EST
Per a release from Bayern Munich, the club has confirmed reports that Thomas Muller has tested positive for COVID-19:
Thomas Müller positiv auf Coronavirus getestet.— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) February 11, 2021
Thomas Müller, 31, player of FC Bayern Munich, won the FIFA Club World Cup tested positive for the coronavirus in Doha and was immediately isolated. After returning to Munich, he will immediately go into quarantine. FC Bayern coordinated with the responsible authorities.
The entire FC Bayern team was tested again on Thursday. There were no further positive results.
According to Sky, Thomas Muller has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the German is expected to miss Bayern Munich’s club world cup final match vs Tigres as well as the next Bundesliga matches. This is obviously a massive blow for Bayern as Muller is probably the club’s most crucial player — both in terms of play style and actual results on the pitch.
Furthermore, this diagnosis could rule Muller out of Bayern’s crucial Champions League tie vs Lazio on the 24th of February. A Bayern team without Muller could really have a tough time against the Italians so an absence here would hamper Champions League hopes.
Muller follows Javi Martinez and Leon Goretzka in testing positive for the coronavirus, in terms of Bayern Munich players. In the club world cup final, either Jamal Musiala or Serge Gnabry should be expected to take Muller’s place at the heartbeat of this Bayern side in CAM.
There arguably couldn’t be a player which Bayern fans would less want this to happen to and with important matches in the next weeks, the impacts of this loss have the potential to be severe. Hopefully Bayern and Hansi Flick can cope without their on field coach and weather through this storm.