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Fresh COVID tests for Bayern quintet on Monday morning

By Peter Vice

The eligibility of five Bayern players ensnared in the German national team's COVID quarantine to play against FC Augsburg on Friday will begin with a fresh round of tests on Monday morning. 

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Unlike in previous international breaks this autumn, league-leaders FC Bayern München do not need to worry about players returning from national team duty carrying injury. Stars such as Alphonso Davies, Robert Lewandowski, Marcel Sabitzer, Dayot Upamecano, Kingsley Coman, Lucas Hernandez, Thomas Müller, and Leroy Sané are all headed back not only fit, but in good form. Only Leon Goretzka may need some more time after taking a nasty kick to the neck.

The five players forced to quarantine after center halve Niklas Süle tested positive for COVID last Tuesday are another matter. Süle's DFB teammates Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, and Serge Gnabry must test negative on Monday before being cleared to return to Bayern training. Back-up striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting also had to quarantine after contact tracing efforts revealed that he was a Category One contact with the infected player.

All five will be tested first thing Monday morning. Round 12 Bundesliga opponents FC Augsburg underwent their own COVID scare when it was revealed late last week that FCA managing director Stefan Reuter had been infected with the novel virus. No other players or staff members returned a positive test after Reuter's result forced a comprehensive round.

1Rafał Gikiewicz
2Robert Gumny
6Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (C)
4Reece Oxford
20Daniel Caligiuri ↪58
10Arne Maier
30Niklas Dorsch ↪74
3Mads Pedersen ↪74
21Andi Zeqiri ↪82
28André Hahn ↪82
40Tomáš Koubek
9Sergio Córdova ↩82
11Michael Gregoritsch
29Lasse Günther
26Frederik Winther
32Raphael Framberger ↩58
8Carlos Gruezo ↩74
14Jan Morávek ↩74
24Fredrik Jensen ↩82
FC Bayern
1Manuel Neuer (C)
5Benjamin Pavard ↪87
2Dayotchanculle Upamecano
21Lucas Hernández
3Omar Richards ↪52
18Marcel Sabitzer ↪52
8Leon Goretzka
7Serge Gnabry
25Thomas Müller
10Leroy Sané ↪69
9Robert Lewandowski
36Christian Früchtl
13E. Choupo-Moting ↩69
19Alphonso Davies ↩52
20Bouna Sarr
23Tanguy Nianzou ↩87
17Mickaël Cuisance
22Marc Roca
24Corentin Tolisso
42Jamal Musiala ↩52

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