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Montpellier reveal 12 positive COVID-19 cases ahead of Monaco clash

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 16 Oct 2020

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Montpellier have revealed 12 positive COVID-19 cases in their ranks ahead of Sunday’s Ligue 1 trip to Monaco.

Eight players and four staff members were found to have the coronavirus when tested on Thursday, the club said. Montpellier did not name any of those affected.

In a statement issued on Friday, Montpellier said: “Tests carried out yesterday revealed eight positive cases among the players and four among the staff.

“New tests were carried out this morning with the entire group. The 12 positive people [from Thursday’s tests] were isolated as provided for in the health protocol.”

Montpellier have won three of their opening six matches this season, taking 10 points to sit fifth in the table heading into the seventh round of games.

The game at Monaco looks set to go ahead if no further cases in the Montpellier ranks come to light.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel stated in September that matches in France’s top division should still be played providing that 20 players, including a goalkeeper, have tested negative from a 30-man squad.

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