With the Champions League set to return this week, both Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have been beset by bad news. First, Bayern found out that Robert Lewandowski would miss the rest of April with a knee injury. Now, it turns out that Marco Verratti has tested positive for Covid-19, and will miss the first leg due to quarantine.
Here’s the official confirmation from PSG:
Suite au dernier test PCR Sars-Cov2, Marco Verratti est confirmé positif. Il va donc respecter l’isolement et est soumis au protocole sanitaire approprié.— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) April 2, 2021
Following the last Sars-Cov2 PCR test, Marco Verratti has confirmed positive. He will therefore respect isolation and is subject to the appropriate health protocol.
With Paredes also suspended for the first leg, this puts coach Mauricio Pochettino in a difficult spot regarding his midfield. However, most Bayern fans will say that it barely evens the odds, given that Lewandowski is such a huge miss. PSG, meanwhile, have Neymar fit and ready, while the second leg is in Paris, giving them a distinct advantage.
Of course, we don’t like hearing about anyone getting injured or catching an illness, so we at BFW wish Verratti a swift recovery. It’s a shame that this tie will be marred by such notable absentees.