Heidenheim - Osnabrück

Germany: 2. Bundesliga
Heidenheim C. Kühlwetter (54)
Osnabrück E. Amenyido (61)

Odd reversal in Heidenheim: Club now reports five players are corona-free

By Peter Vice

In a strange development that raises more questions, 1. FC Heidenheim reports that five members of its squad received "false positive" COVID tests on Thursday.

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Second-tier side 1. FC Heidenheim conducted a stunning about-face on Saturday, claiming that players on its squad recently testing positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday were, in fact, falsely diagnosed.

When former Köln and Union Berlin attacker Maximilian Thiel received what his club described as a "slight positive" COVID result, the entire Heidenheim squad entered quarantine whilst everyone else got screened for the virus. The comprehensive Thursday evaluations revealed that five more team members were infected, throwing the fate of this weekend's fixture into doubt.

Now the club claims that all squad members are corona-free. At issue apparently are stricter tests conducted by an independent laboratory; ones designed to identify smaller traces of the virus. When the club sought a second-opinion at the Heidenheim clinic, all tests came back negative.

Such a disparity obviously raises a plethora of issues, chief among them whether asymptomatic patients may actually fall into a different diagnosis category.

From a German footballing perspective, the only sure fact is that the Heidenheim-Osnabrück match should proceed as planned this weekend.

1Kevin Müller
2Marnon Busch
6Patrick Mainka
30Norman Theuerkauf
19Jonas Föhrenbach
7Marc Schnatterer (C) ↩71
8Andreas Geipl
27Konstantin Kerschbaumer ↩71
17Florian Pick ↩62
13Robert Leipertz ↩83
24Christian Kühlwetter ↩83
22Vitus Eicher
9Stefan Schimmer ↪71
32Patrick Schmidt ↪83
4Oliver Steurer
18Marvin Rittmüller
3Jan Schöppner
16Kevin Sessa ↪83
21Maximilian Thiel ↪71
29Tobias Mohr ↪62
22Philip Kühn
5Konstantin Engel ↩76
33Timo Beermann
18Maurice Trapp (C)
13Ken Reichel
30Maurice Multhaup ↩56
8Ulrich Taffertshofer
6Ludovit Reis ↩71
14Etienne Amenyido
9Christian Santos ↩71
37Sebastian Kerk ↩56
1Moritz Nicolas
27Luc Ihorst ↪71
4Lukas Gugganig ↪76
17Adam Sušac
19Kevin Wolze
10Niklas Schmidt ↪56
23David Blacha ↪71
25Sven Köhler
29Brian Henning ↪56

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