Serge Gnabry tests positive for Covid-19 in massive late blow to Bayern Munich ahead of their Champions League quarter-final crunch against Paris Saint-Germain
- Talisman forward Robert Lewandowski was already absent with a knee injury
- But the German giants will also be without wedman Gnabry for the European tie
- The former Arsenal player would play at the front in the absence of Lewandowski
Serge Gnabry has tested positive for Covid-19 and delivered a sudden blow to Bayern Munich at the last minute in the run-up to their Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.
Bayern will face the French club in the quarter-final at the Allianz Arena tomorrow, and Gnabry is unlikely to play in the return leg in Paris on April 13 after his diagnosis.
The club confirmed the update on their English-language Twitter account, which said: ‘Serge Gnabry has tested positive for Coronavirus. The FC Bayern attacker feels fine and is now at home in quarantine. ‘
Serge Gnabry from Bayern Munich has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now isolating himself
The test result will come as a particular frustration, as talisman striker Robert Lewandowski has already been injured after sustaining knee ligament damage while on international service with Poland.
Lewandowski, 32, is not only a proven goalscorer with a whopping 42 goals in just 36 games this season, but is also the club’s true striker.
The Bavarian side took a 1-0 victory against RB Leipzig on Saturday, with former Stoke forward Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting – who has scored only one league goal this season – starting at the front.
The diagnosis means he will miss his squad’s Champions League quarter-final against PSG
Gnabry would play at the top in the absence of striker Robert Lewandowski, who has a knee injury
Gnabry was given a break for that game and only came in on the 72nd minute, and was in fine goal form this campaign, with 10 in 34 games in all competitions and the winner for Germany against Romania on March 28.
The former Arsenal player, more of course a winger, was therefore earmarked for a standout role against PSG, but boss Hansi Flick will now have to turn to another option in his squad, perhaps Choupo-Moting or Thomas Muller.
After that crucial victory against Leipzig, the German giants are seven points ahead in the Bundesliga with only seven games to go.