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RB Leipzig’s Marcel Halstenberg to miss Bayern Munich showdown

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Marcel Halstenberg may never play backgammon again.

1. FSV Mainz 05 v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

RB Leipzig defender Marcel Halstenberg is going to rue his decision to play backgammon last week for a long time.

The hard-luck Germany international played a game of backgammon against Borussia Mönchengladbach star Jonas Hofmann and when Hofmann tested positive for COVID-19, Halstenberg became collateral damage.

Quarantined since Hofmann’s positive test result, Halstenberg has produced multiple negative tests per kicker, but has still not been cleared to play against Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Leipzig health officials will not ease up their restrictions and have declared Halstenberg out of commission until his official 14-day quarantine ends:

To make matters even more complicated for Leipzig, Angelino is reportedly also banged up and could miss the match with a muscle injury:

Bayern Munich, of course, has its own injury issues — namely with striker Robert Lewandowski, who could miss up to four weeks with a knee ligament injury. The Polish Hitman’s presence will surely be missed by the Bavarians.

The shame of all of those injuries and restrictions is that it would have been a blast to see the two squads go toe-to-toe at full strength. Fans were absolutely robbed of what could have been a tremendous battle. This still might be a great game, but will absolutely be missing a little bit of the luster without a few stars.