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As of now, Marcel Halstenberg’s status is in doubt for Bayern Munich game

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After being designated a close contact to Jonas Hofmann, Marcel Halstenberg’s status to return to football is in limbo.

RB Leipzig v Borussia Moenchengladbach - Bundesliga Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Trying to sort through all the complexities of contact tracing for COVID-19 and what constitutes a threat is one of the more thankless jobs in today’s world. As it prepares for a top-of-the-table battle with Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig is now waiting on Leipzig’s health authorities to figure out when Marcel Halstenberg will be eligible to play:

According to kicker, RB is currently in talks with the Leipzig health authorities about how long this will take. It is therefore questionable whether the 29-year-old will be able to play against Bayern. Halstenberg has played in 25 of Leipzig’s 38 competitive games so far this season.

Halstenberg, of course, played in the “Backgammon game heard ‘round the world” against Jonas Hofmann the night before Hofmann tested positive for COVID-19. As of now, there have been no reports on Halstenberg’s test results, but his status as a “close contact” might be enough to keep him out of the RB Leipzig vs. Bayern Munich fixture on April 3rd.

What kind of impact a negative test result for Halstenberg would have on the decision will be interesting to observe.