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France striker Kylian Mbappe tests positive for COVID-19

Mbappe was isolated once he found out about his positive test and left France's training camp to return home on Monday evening.

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Paris Updated on: September 08, 2020 8:05 IST
France striker Kylian Mbappe tests positive for COVID-19
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France striker Kylian Mbappe tests positive for COVID-19

France and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Tuesday's Nations League match against Croatia, the French federation said on Monday.

Mbappe was isolated once he found out about his positive test and left France's training camp to return home on Monday evening.

The French federation said the test was carried out by UEFA in the morning.

Mbappe scored for France to beat Sweden 1-0 in the Nations League on Saturday, his 14th international goal. The Paris Saint-Germain striker's 14th international goal came in the 41st minute but it could have been more comfortable for France, only for Antoine Griezmann to fluff a penalty right at the end. It was Griezmann’s third straight penalty miss for France.

The federation said Mbappe passed a test before joining his teammates at the national training camp. He also tested negative on Wednesday ahead of the game against Sweden.

Meanwhile, Belgium defender Brandon Mechele has left his teammates ahead of Tuesday's Nations League game against Iceland after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The 27-year-old Mechele did not feature in the 2-0 win at Denmark on Sunday, the day he failed his test.

Last week, the Belgian federation denied media reports that Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois tested positive for the virus. Deemed out of form, Courtois has since rejoined his Spanish club.

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