Serge Gnabry tests positive for coronavirus

Serge Gnabry is set to miss Bayern Munich’s Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain after testing positive for coronavirus.

Unlike with other players, it does not seem that the forward contracted the virus while on international duty as he came on as a substitute during Bayern’s 1-0 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday.

Bayern confirmed the news in a statement on their website, which read: “Serge Gnabry, 25, has tested positive for coronavirus. The FC Bayern forward is doing well and is isolating at home.”

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The news is a blow for Die Roten as Gnabry has featured prominently this season, making 34 appearances in all competitions and scoring ten goals while also registering five assists. Those numbers represent a marked decrease on the incredible figures he posted last campaign. During Bayern’s 2019/20 treble winning season, Gnabry managed 23 goals and 14 assists in 46 games.

The timing of Gnabry’s absence could not be worse. It comes on the eve of Bayern’s biggest game of the season so far, a Champions League quarter final first leg against PSG. The tie is a rerun of last year’s final which the German side won 1-0 courtesy of a second half winner from Kingsley Coman.

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Gnabry played near enough every minute for Germany during the international break | Boris Streubel/Getty Images

Gnabry is not the only player that will be missing on Wednesday night. The talismanic Robert Lewandowski will miss both legs after sustaining an injury on international duty with Poland. Lewandowski’s influence this season is hard to overstate, with the striker managing 42 goals in 36 matches.

With two of their key players out, Hansi Flick will likely continue with a front three of Leroy Sane, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Coman. The trio started together for the first time without Lewandowski against Leipzig and none of them got on the scoresheet.

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