Paris Saint-Germain will be without Marco Verratti for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich after the midfielder tested positive for COVID-19.
Verratti had suffered a thigh injury while away on international duty with Italy, forcing him to miss his country’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old was already set to sit out PSG’s pivotal clash with Lille this weekend as the top two in Ligue 1 go up against each other in the French capital.
However, confirmation of his positive test result means a period in isolation, ruling him out of contention for the trip to Bayern on Wednesday, too. The second leg takes place on April 13.
Verratti is the latest confirmed case connected to the Azzurri squad. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Wednesday that four staff members had isolated away from the group following testing carried out prior to the midweek fixture in Vilnius.
Juventus revealed on Thursday that Verratti’s international team-mate Leonardo Bonucci had also returned a positive result upon returning to his club, while Sassuolo have taken the preventative step of leaving out their Italy players for the game against Roma on Saturday.
While PSG will be hampered by the absence of Verratti, Bayern will also be without the services of a key figure for the repeat of last year’s final.
Robert Lewandowski has been ruled out of the last-eight meeting entirely after suffering a knee injury while playing for Poland. The striker – who has scored 42 goals for his club in all competitions this season – is expected to be sidelined for a month.
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