★Augsburg , ⚽ M. Pedersen (23) ⚽ A. Hahn (36) WWK Arena Full time 2-1 ★FC Bayern ⚽ R. Lewandowski (38)
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.
n 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.
Augsburg (4-4-2) 1 Rafał Gikiewicz 2 Robert Gumny 6 Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (C) 4 Reece Oxford 22 Iago 20 Daniel Caligiuri ↪58 10 Arne Maier 30 Niklas Dorsch ↪74 3 Mads Pedersen ⚽ ↪74 21 Andi Zeqiri ↪82 28 André Hahn ⚽ ↪82
Bench 40 Tomáš Koubek 9 Sergio Córdova ↩82 11 Michael Gregoritsch 29 Lasse Günther 26 Frederik Winther 32 Raphael Framberger ↩58 8 Carlos Gruezo ↩74 14 Jan Morávek ↩74 24 Fredrik Jensen ↩82
FC Bayern (4-2-3-1) 1 Manuel Neuer (C) 5 Benjamin Pavard ↪87 2 Dayotchanculle Upamecano 21 Lucas Hernández 3 Omar Richards ↪52 18 Marcel Sabitzer ↪52 8 Leon Goretzka 7 Serge Gnabry 25 Thomas Müller 10 Leroy Sané ↪69 9 Robert Lewandowski ⚽
Bench 36 Christian Früchtl 13 E. Choupo-Moting ↩69 19 Alphonso Davies ↩52 20 Bouna Sarr 23 Tanguy Nianzou ↩87 17 Mickaël Cuisance 22 Marc Roca 24 Corentin Tolisso 42 Jamal Musiala ↩52