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Choupo-Moting tests positive for coronavirus as Sule and Stanisic return to training

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Bayern Munich forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting tested positive for coronavirus.

Choupo-Moting had already self-isolated, along with his teammates Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala and Michael Cuisance, after coming into contact with a person who had contracted the respiratory disease.

Bundesliga leaders Bayern confirmed on its official website on Wednesday that the 32-year-old also tested positive and will remain in quarantine.

“Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read.

“The FC Bayern striker isolates himself at home according to the relevant health authorities and is doing well under the circumstances.”

German media outlet Bild reported last week that Bayern had told players that payment for time lost in quarantine will be withheld if they have not been fully vaccinated.

Choupo-Moting, who has made 11 of his 12 appearances for the German champions this season from the bench, is reportedly among those who have yet to get both doses.

However, speaking on Monday, head coach Julian Nagelsmann insisted that he does not see that the problem of players not being paid could cause friction in camp.

“It’s always a distinction from a group that you don’t always agree with,” he said.

“In a working team, however, everyone has to be there for everyone. I don’t think it will break the team, we have to grow from it.

“If they don’t get vaccinated, they are more likely to fail. But we have to be there for each other, we have to grow from that.

“You often have conversations, if the person is positive, you have to be quarantined as an unvaccinated person.

“However, the players are doing well, they are being tested. Josh was able to return before the others because he was quarantined earlier. “

In better news for Bayern, Niklas Sule and Josip Stanisic returned to individual training on Wednesday after completing their own periods of self-isolation.

Dayot Upamecano also participated in training a day after missing Bayern’s 2-1 Champions League win at Dynamo Kiev that clinched first place in Group E.

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