Slovan Liberec - Hoffenheim

Europe: Europa League
Slovan Liberec
Stadion u Nisy0-2
Hoffenheim C. Baumgartner (77), A. Kramarić (Pen. 89)

Storm clouds pass over in Sinsheim:
Six Hoffenheim players test negative

By Peter Vice

Some good news finally emerges from Sinsheim as six TSG 1899 Hoffenheim players are now corona-free. 

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Sebastian Rudy, Ishak Belfodil, Munas Dabbur, Robert Skov, Kevin Vogt, and Jacob Bruun Larsen have all tested negative for COVID on Monday and been cleared to leave domestic quarantine. Two recently afflicted coaches also tested negative. This news was conveyed on the official website on Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. 

According to the website, Rudy, Belfodil, Dabbur, and Skov have been cleared to return to team training immediately. Vogt and Bruun Larsen will first report to individualized training sessions as a precautionary measure. Sargis Adamyan, who only just tested positive upon returning from a stint with the Armenian national team, remains in isolation. 

"This piece of news allows us to breathe a sigh of relief," sporting director Alexander Rosen wrote on the site, "It confirms our course of action; that the infection incidence could be stopped with self-imposed quarantine."

The communique took care to emphasize that no decision had been made about which players might be permitted to travel to the Czech Republic for the upcoming Europa league fixture. 

"The most important thing is that we don't have any serious problems and that all players and employees are doing well," Rosen wrote, "It is not possible today to make a final assessment about which boys will be back in the squad against Liberec and Mainz. However, in view of the packed schedule in the lead up to Christmas, this obviously means important maneuverability for us."

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