Liverpool signing Kostas Tsimikas 'tests POSITIVE for Covid-19'
Liverpool’s summer signing Kostas Tsimikas ‘tests POSITIVE for Covid-19… with defender now at risk of missing season opener against Leeds’
- Reports in Greece named Liverpool’s Kostas Tsimikas as the player testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty
- The Greek Football Federation confirmed that one player had tested positive
- Tsimikas joined Liverpool this summer in an £11.75m deal from Olympiacos
Liverpool’s preparations for the new season have taken a knock with summer signing Kostas Tsimikas testing positive for Covid-19.
The Greek joined the Premier League champions this summer in an £11.75million deal from Olympiacos, providing cover for first-choice Andy Robertson.
After the Greek national team confirmed a player had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Sport24 went on to name Tsimikas as the player in question.
Liverpool left back Kostas Tsimikas (left) has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19
An official statement by the Greek Football Federation read: ‘The GFF was informed today of a positive Covid-19 sample on the results of checks carried out by the authorised by UEFA medical service among members of the mission of the national men’s team, which is located in Ljubljana and preparing for Sunday’s match with Kosovo in Pristina.
‘UEFA’s protocol is being adhered to and EODY [Hellenic National Public Health Organisation] as well as the GGA health committee were immediately informed.
‘The member of the squad who had a positive sample and was isolated for the last 36 hours for precautionary reasons from the other members of the squad, leaves the team tomorrow morning, while the preparation of the Greek team continues.
The new signing reportedly provided a positive test while on international duty with Greece
‘The other members of the squad underwent a new test today in accordance with the UEFA protocol and the results will be announced tomorrow [Saturday] before the departure of the team to Kosovo.’
Tsimikas was not part of the Greece side who drew 0-0 against Slovenia in their UEFA Nations League match on Thursday night. He will not play any part of their next match against Kosovo.
The rest of the squad have since been tested again and have delivered negative results, Sport24 added.
Jurgen Kloppis busy preparing his side for the Premier League season opener against Leeds
Tsimikas arrived this summer and while he was unlikely to start the Premier League season opener next weekend against Leeds, reports of a positive Covid-19 test could ensure he is not part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the first game in their title defence.
Liverpool have not confirmed whether Tsimikas did indeed return the positive test due to the confidentiality afforded to all players over their test results.
Premier League protocols state that players must return a negative test within five days of the match taking place and so with Liverpool taking on Leeds on September 12, it appears unlikely he will be cleared for involvement.
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