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Lyon star Aouar tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of Ligue 1 season opener


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The midfielder was forced to sit out Friday’s clash against Dijon and will likely be unable to report for France national team duty

Lyon have confirmed that Houssem Aouar has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the opening game of the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season.

Rudi Garcia was forced to leave a key performer out of his plans for a meeting with Dijon at the Groupama Stadium on Friday night.

The French playmaker was the only player in the Lyon squad to test positive for coronavirus after the club’s latest round of medical checks, and has been put into quarantine for the next 14 days.

Lyon confirmed the news in an official statement on their website, which reads: “Olympique Lyonnais confirms to have organised, on Thursday 27 August, a new test of all its players and professional staff in anticipation of the match against Dijon at Groupama Stadium.

“The results received this morning by the medical management of the club revealed that Houssem Aouar is the only player in the squad to have tested positive for Covid-19.

“As soon as the results were made known, Houssem was put into isolation for a fortnight while still being completely asymptomatic.

“Olympique Lyonnais can also confirm that the contamination of the player occurred outside the club.

“Houssem Aouar will return to training with the first-team squad in 10 to 15 days, depending on his next follow-up tests.”