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Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller tests positive for COVID-19

FOOTBALL By Reuters | February 11th 2021
Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - November 21, 2020 Bayern Munich's German Thomas Mueller before the match [Pool via REUTERS/Christof]

Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Mueller has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Club World Cup final against Mexico’s Tigres UANL on Thursday, world soccer governing body FIFA said.

Bayern, who beat Egypt’s Al Ahly in the semi-final on Monday, are eyeing their sixth title in less than nine months after winning all domestic and European trophies in 2020.

“FIFA can confirm that following the standard PCR test, FC Bayern Muenchen player Thomas Mueller has tested positive for COVID-19,” it said in a statement.

Bayern's Thomas Mueller reacts after a missed scoring opportunity during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich in Bremen, Germany, Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)

“In line with the medical procedures in place at the FIFA Club World Cup 2020, the player has been placed in isolation and will be ineligible for today’s final.”

Mueller has been in sensational form this season, having scored 10 times in the Bundesliga and set up another 10 goals.

He is not the first Bayern player to be infected with the virus as Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez have already been sidelined by it.

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