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Schalke reports positive COVID test on eve of delayed DFB-Pokal fixture

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

One day ahead of the delayed DFB-Pokal match that consumed the entire competition for eight long weeks, FC Schalke 04 reported one positive COVID test among its ranks.

The match should still proceed, however, as it appears to be an isolated incident.
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Schalke 04 declined to reveal the identity of the player testing positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday evening, yet emphasized that the affected athlete was already quarantined and the the rest of the squad had tested negative.

The S04 announcement, published on the club's website did note that the affected professional tested negative as recently as Thursday. According to the post, team doctor Patrick Ingelfinger maintained contact with local Gelsenkirchen health authorities to see if the late test might warrant any additional measures.

The long delayed domestic cup fixture generates much interest as it will, after a long legal delay, finally serve as the conclusion of the 2020/21 DFB-Pokal's first round.

Schalke's league winless streak extended to 23 straight fixtures over the weekend, meaning the club remains as desperate as ever for some sort of success.

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