Liverpool New signing Kostas Tsimikas contracts Coronavirus
Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas who recently joined Premier League champions Liverpool have contracted coronavirus. Tsimikas who joined Liverpool for £11.75million complained of fever whilst on international duty with Greece and has since been forced to self-isolate. The player has not trained for the last three days and missed Greece’s Nations League fixture against Slovenia on Thursday.
Liverpool kicks off the first defence of their league title next weekend at home against Championship champions Leeds but Tsimikas is now unlikely to be available for that match too. Tsimikas was not expected to start the fixture given he has primarily been brought in as cover for first-choice left-back Andy Robertson.
The Greece Football Federation announced a player had contracted Covid-19 but would not name who. However Greek publication SPORT 24 have since revealed Tsimikas returned a positive test result in checks carried out by UEFA
The rest of Greece’s squad have also been tested but none is having any symptoms. An official statement read: “The Greek Football Federation was informed today of a positive COVID-19 sample on the results of checks carried out by the authorised by UEFA medical service among members of the mission of the national men’s team, which is located in Ljubljana and preparing for Sunday’s match with Kosovo in Pristina.
“UEFA’s protocol is being adhered to and EODY [Hellenic National Public Health Organization], as well as the GGA health committee, were immediately informed.” It also said: “The member of the squad who had a positive sample and was isolated for the last 36 hours for precautionary reasons from the other members of the squad, leaves the team tomorrow morning, while the preparation of the Greek team continues.”
“The other members of the squad underwent a new test today in accordance with the UEFA protocol and the results will be announced tomorrow [Saturday] before the departure of the team to Kosovo.”
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