Thiago Alcantara: Liverpool Midfielder Tests Positive For Covid-19
Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating.
Thiago joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich last month in a deal worth up to £25m, and made his debut for the Premier League champions in a 2-0 win at Chelsea on September 20.
He was then forced to sit out Monday’s victory over Arsenal, and will now be isolated from the rest of his team-mates while he recovers from the virus.
Liverpool said Thiago “has exhibited minor symptoms of the virus but is in good health and is getting better”.
A statement on the club’s website added: “The club has, and will continue to follow, all protocols relating to COVID-19 and Thiago will remain in self-isolation for the required period of time.”
The Premier League announced on Monday 10 players or club staff members had returned positive results in the latest round of testing, the highest number since testing began.
Liverpool play the Gunners again in the EFL Cup on Thursday and travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday before the international break.
“It is the choice of each individual whether they reveal publicly the outcome of a Covid-19 test,” said Liverpool first-team doctor, Dr Jim Moxon.
“We have followed all the protocols to the letter and Thiago is OK.
“He will be self-isolating now as per the guidelines and hopefully he’ll be back with us soon.”