Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe left the France squad after returning a positive test for coronavirus the day before their Nations League match against Croatia.
“Kylian Mbappe’s going to miss the game against Croatia,” France confirmed Monday in a short Twitter statement. “His COVID-19 test-done this morning by UEFA-was positive, and he was isolated from the rest of the squad.”
The former Monaco man was expected to play against Croatia, having shaken off an ankle injury sustained in last week’s 1-0 win over Sweden. But now, that is impossible.
After testing positively for COVID-19, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and midfielder Houssem Aouar had already left the France squad.
Shortly before Didier Deschamps’ latest group was announced, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba had to withdraw, having returned a positive test too.
The 21-year-old Mbappe, who has tested positive for coronavirus, is also expected to be unavailable for PSG’s Ligue 1 matches with Lens, Marseille, Metz and Nice as he enters a period of quarantine.
Thomas Tuchel’s side is scheduled to start their Ligue 1 title defense against Lens on Thursday in a match that was pushed back after PSG reached the August Champions League final.
Now, they will have to prepare without their brilliant forward in the ranks.
Also, among those players who are going through pre-season preparations, PSG has had six confirmed cases of the virus.