Germany’s World Cup qualifier against Iceland in serious DOUBT after Jonas Hofmann tests positive for Covid-19… with the rest of Joachim Low’s squad confined to their rooms just hours before kick-off
- Midfielder Jonas Hofmann completed full training with Germany on Wednesday
- The Borussia Moenchengladbach star has now tested positive for Covid-19
- Joachim Low’s squad have been confined to their rooms to reduce the spread
- The German FA are now in talks to see if the Iceland clash can still go ahead
Germany’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Iceland is in serious doubt after midfielder Jonas Hofmann tested positive for coronavirus.
The Borussia Moenchengladbach star tested positive the day after completing a full training session with the squad, according to BILD.
The warm-up session scheduled for Thursday morning has now reportedly been cancelled and the rest of Joachim Low’s squad now confined to their rooms to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading.
Germany’s World Cup qualifier against Iceland is in serious doubt after Jonas Hofmann tested positive for coronavirus
The rest of the squad have been confined to their rooms to help reduce the risk of it spreading
The qualifier is due to take place at 7:45pm GMT at the MSV Arena – home to third tier German side MSV Duisburg – but now urgent talks are taking place between members of the German FA to ensure the Group J clash can still go ahead.
One option that may be explored is the roll-out of a series of rapid coronavirus tests to the entire Germany squad to see if any other member of the playing or coaching staff returns a positive test.
However, should they all come back negative then the hope is the clash will still be allowed to go ahead as originally scheduled.
Germany’s qualifying group for the Qatar World Cup also consists of Romania, North Macedonia, Armenia and Lichtenstein.
Low’s side are set to face Iceland in a Group J qualifying clash in Duisburg at 7:45pm GMT
Borussia Moenchengladbach star Hofmann (left) tested positive the day after completing a full training session with the squad
The news will affect four players currently plying their trade at club level in the Premier League, with Arsenal’s Bernd Leno, Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner and Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan all having been called up last week.
Should the game be cancelled, it will also delay Bayern Munich starlet Jamal Musiala’s international debut for the 2014 World Cup winners.
Despite playing for England’s Under-21s as recently as November last year, the 18-year-old chose to represent the country of his birth following talks with Low.
Musiala was born in Stuttgart but moved to London as a child and turned out for Chelsea’s academy before he was snapped up by the Bundesliga giants two years ago.
Germany boss Low is set to begin his last qualifying campaign for a tournament with the national side, after announcing he would be stepping down after 15 years in the role following this summer’s delayed Euros.
The news will affect Premier League stars Ilkay Gundogan (left) and Antonio Rudiger (right)
Bayern Munich starlet Jamal Musiala (back) also faces having to delay his international debut