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Mainz suffer coronavirus blow ahead of RB Leipzig clash

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

A large part of the Mainz team are self-isolating ahead of their Bundesliga opener against RB Leipzig on Sunday.
Karim Onisiwo has tested positive for COVID-19.
Karim Onisiwo has tested positive for COVID-19.Photo: Harpagornis, CC BY-SA 4.0
After Karim Onisiwo tested positive ahead of Mainz's DFB-Pokal clash with Elversberg last Sunday, the Bundesliga club have confirmed that two more players and a member of the coaching staff have been infected as well.

The health department ordered immediate domestic isolation for a further eight players and two other members of the coaching team, so a total of 14 'Mainzers' are currently in quarantine.

'Die Nullfünfer' are scheduled to kick off their Bundesliga campaign against RB Leipzig on Sunday.

Whether the clash is in risk of being postponed is unclear at this point, but according to the German Football League's regulations, each club only need to have 13 available players for a game to take place.

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