Jose Mourinho will breathe a huge sigh of relief, as The Evening Standard have now confirmed that both Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko will be available for Tottenham’s opening Premier League game of the season against Everton, despite Steve Mandanda testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
Lloris and Sissoko were both named in Les Blues squad for their Nations League clashes against Sweden and Croatia, while reports in France revealed that Tanguy Ndombele withdrew after testing positive for COVID, although there has been no confirmation from Spurs.
Didier Deschamps’s squad received news on Monday morning that Mandanda had also tested positive and the 35-year-old subsequently left France’s training camp at Clairefontaine.
A statement from the French Football Federation read: “Steve Mandanda has tested positive for Covid-19, and the goalkeeper performed a second PCR test during the day. This new test was also positive.
“Steve Mandanda will therefore not be able to participate in the match in Sweden and will leave the squad on Friday morning.”
The Evening Standard have now revealed that other members of the France squad will continue to undergo testing throughout the camp.
If the results continue to show up negative, Lloris and Sissoko, along with the others in the France squad, will be allowed to return to their clubs next week.
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The biggest fear when the idea of playing through the pandemic was proposed, was that the virus could sweep through a particular club and put them at a massive disadvantage. However, that situation has been avoided due to the safety protocols that were followed and regular testing.
Given that rates of transmission seem to be going down, it looks like the worst is over, in terms of the pandemic’s ability to disrupt the footballing calendar. Let us hope the cases continue to go down and stadiums are once again packed to capacity before too long.
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