There are a lot of reasons to envy Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, but the choice he might have to make between his club and country is surely not one of them as his decision could have lasting effects on both organizations.
As expected, Lewandowski was called up for international duty, but like just about everything else in life, COVID-19 has wrecked anything being easy. If Lewandowski accepts the invitation and Bayern Munich lets him go, he could face a 14-day quarantine period per Bild:
(Lewandowski) is threatened with a 14-day quarantine after the international matches with Poland at the end of March. On Monday, “Lewy” was nominated for the upcoming international matches in Hungary (March 25), against Andorra (March 28) and England (March 31). The game in London is particularly problematic.
In order to prevent the spread of the British COVID-19 mutation, strict rules apply to travelers from the United Kingdom to Germany. The Bavarian Quarantine Ordinance, which initially applies until March 28, stipulates that people entering from a virus variant area must be quarantined for 14 days at home.
If Lewandowski leaves for London — and regulations stay in their current form — he will likely miss Bayern Munich’s matches against RB Leipzig and Union Berlin, while also costing himself two key opportunities to add to his goal tally in hopes of breaking Gerd Müller’s Bundesliga record.
Per Bild, Bayern Munich is planning on waiting until March 29th to see if regulations have changed, but there will assuredly be some sort of conflict if the Bavarians try to hold Lewandowski back from fulfilling his obligation to Poland.
Will he stay or will go? If he stays there will be trouble, but if he goes there will be double...