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.
Leipzig health officials will not ease up their restrictions and have declared Halstenberg out of commission until his official 14-day quarantine ends:
ℹ️ Marcel #Halstenberg will not be in the squad for #RBLFCB. The Leipzig health authorities have not given permission for his 14-day quarantine to be cut short.— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) April 1, 2021
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To make matters even more complicated for Leipzig, Angelino is reportedly also banged up and could miss the match with a muscle injury:
Marcel Halstenberg will miss Saturday's game against Bayern after Leipzig's health department refused to shorten his quarantine despite several negative tests. Meanwhile, Angeliño is a doubt for the game with a muscular injury [Bild] pic.twitter.com/R7h4RcMbv8— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 1, 2021
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.