Liverpool wants Arsenal Cup match postponed due to Covid

FILE - Spectators sit in the stands at social distancing for COVID-19 security, before the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Genoa, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, August 21, 2021. 1 in 10 Serie A players Positive with the Corona virus as the Italian League prepares to resume after a two-week break for the holidays.  The full 10 rosters featuring all 20 clubs are due to play on Thursday, January 6 and Sunday, January 9, 2022 (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

FILE – Spectators sit in the stands at social distancing for COVID-19 security, before the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Genoa, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, August 21, 2021. 1 in 10 Serie A players Positive with the Corona virus as the Italian League prepares to resume after a two-week break for the holidays. The full 10 rosters featuring all 20 clubs are due to play on Thursday, January 6 and Sunday, January 9, 2022 (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

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Liverpool asked to postpone Thursday’s League Cup semi-final match against Arsenal due to more suspected COVID-19 cases at the club.

Liverpool’s first-team training was canceled on Tuesday after more positive tests between players and coaching staff.

Liverpool said other factors influencing the selection, such as injuries and players such as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah left for the Africa Cup of Nations, affect the availability of players for the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

“With no prospect of the current situation improving ahead of Thursday’s game and the potential for it to worsen, the club considers it prudent and reasonable to request a rescheduling of the match,” Liverpool said on Tuesday.

The English Football Association said it would make a decision “as soon as possible once the circumstances have been fully reviewed”.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp was among those currently in isolation after contracting the virus.

England has seen most of the disruption caused by the coronavirus. Eighteen matches of the Premier League have been postponed in recent weeks while other major European leagues have been on planned winter breaks, just as alternative omicron has been sending case numbers on the continent.

Italia

One in 10 Serie A players tests positive for the coronavirus as Serie A prepares to resume after a two-week holiday break.

However, although more than 60 players have been reported to have contracted COVID-19, the full 10 rosters featuring all 20 clubs are set to play on Thursday and Sunday.

Salernitana, in the last place, was the most affected, with nine of its players infected with Covid-19, while clubs such as Inter Milan (Eden Dzeko), Napoli (Victor Osimhen) and Juventus (Giorgio Chiellini) lost prominent players to the virus.

Even former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who is now back with Parma in Serie B, has tested positive.

The Salernitana match against Venice and Hellas Verona on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, is at risk if local health authorities prevent the team from playing. The southern team did not actually appear in their final game of 2021 in Udinese.

Inter and Juventus have reportedly sought to postpone the Italian Super Cup scheduled for next week at Milan’s San Siro, but the Italian league decided to keep the match in place.

Stadium capacity has been reduced from 75% to 50% following a government decree aimed at combating the recent outbreak and spectators must now wear FFP2 masks.

There is still a question about whether the decree requires all Serie A players to be vaccinated, but this debate could end if the government requires that all workers in the country be vaccinated by February 1.

While nearly all Serie A players have been vaccinated – around 98% – nearly 30 players are reported to be resistant to the vaccine.

Players from foreign clubs who travel to play for Italian teams will likely be exempt from the vaccination requirement.

Germany

Leroy Sane and the players of Bayern Munich and Dayot Opicano have tested positive for the Corona virus, bringing the current number of confirmed cases in the club to nine.

“Both players are in good shape and are self-isolating,” Bayern said on Tuesday.

Manuel Neuer, Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso, Lucas Hernandez, Tanguy Nyanzo and Omar Richards, as well as assistant coach Dino Topm├╝ller, were already in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

Bayern Munich are set to play in the Bundesliga on Friday against Borussia Moenchengladbach, who have also reported two players getting infected.

Leipzig players Nordi Mukele, Benjamin Henrichs and Dani Olmo also tested positive, and they joined Christopher Nkunko and Solomon Bona in quarantine. Leipzig is scheduled to host Mainz on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marius Wolf will also miss Saturday’s match against the former Eintracht Frankfurt.

France

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the fifth Paris Saint-Germain player to be tested positive in recent days.

Paris Saint-Germain said on its Twitter account that Italy’s No. 1 goalkeeper is self-isolating.

Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi and Juan Bernat are among four other players who have recently contracted COVID-19. On Sunday, it was announced that the tests had come back positive.

But PSG said Bernat tested negative in another round of tests and that the Spanish left-back would return to training on Wednesday.

There was no immediate update for Messi.

The Argentine star contracted the virus at home during his mid-season break, and it remains uncertain whether he will recover and be back in time for Sunday’s league game in Lyon.

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Associated Press sports writers Andrew Damff, Steve Douglas, Kieran Fahey and Jerome Bogmayer contributed to this report.

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