National team director Oliver Bierhoff confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Süle was tested positive after arriving the day before. According to the German Football Association, Süle is fully vaccinated and currently free of symptoms. Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry, who like Süle are all under contract with FC Bayern Munich, and Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi were classified as Category 1 contacts as part of the contact tracing and were quarantined by the Ministry of Health despite a negative test. They are taken home one at a time.
Daily PCR tests for the Bayern Quartet
DFB doctor Tim Meyer did not want to answer the question of whether the contact persons had full vaccination protection, but pointed out that vaccination was only one of the criteria when the health authorities made their decision. According to Meyer, four other players who came with the players repatriated could stay in Wolfsburg. They must now undergo daily PCR tests, sit separately at meals and run separately for training. They are Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Müller and Leroy Sané, all also from Bayern Munich.
The German national football team does not have to live up to stricter hygiene requirements. The jointly developed and repeatedly improved concept is “so comprehensive and detailed that I think it is completely sufficient,” said Monika Müller, head of the department of social affairs, health, clinic and sports in the city of Wolfsburg.
Instead of the originally scheduled training in the morning, national coach Hansi Flick led an individual session in the spacious, screened five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel on the Mittelland Canal. In the afternoon, Flick then invited 20 national team players to the first team training in Wolfsburg.
Arnold’s return on Corona detours
Due to the five failures, the national coach nominated three players. Besides Arnold and Baku, striker Kevin Volland from AS Monaco. Former HSV defender Jonathan Tah was called up by Bayern Leverkusen on Monday night due to injury-related absence.
Baku was part of the team this year and last year and was used twice. Despite a strong past season, Arnold, who played on the senior national team once in 2014, had to do without a nomination. Now the dream is still coming true via this corona-related detour.
The DFB team is preparing as planned
“All other players on the national team, who, like the coaching staff and the entire team behind the team, have all been tested negative, are preparing as planned for the two World Cup qualifiers,” says DFB. Bierhoff said: “This news is very bitter, so shortly before the last two matches of the World Cup qualifiers – for the coaching staff as well as for the whole team. But of course health comes first. I wish the player who tested positive, a quick recovery and that he continues to remain asymptomatic. “
Recently no cancellations after individual positive tests
The national team, which has already qualified for the World Cup, will play their last home game in the World Cup qualifier in Wolfsburg against Liechtenstein on Thursday (20.45 at 20.45). Then there is a match on Sunday (18.00 / both matches in NDR Livecenter in the full audio report) in Yerevan against Armenia.
Most recently, there were no more game cancellations for individual infections. Before the recent cancellation of FC St. Pauli’s second division match against SV Sandhausen had the visitors reported 18 positive tests. At the Würzburger Kickers, who were to play against Eintracht Braunschweig in the third division on Monday, there were four positive tests and some other players with cold symptoms.
Flick announces one-on-one conversations with its players
The national coach had previously announced talks in Wolfsburg with his players. Most recently, the vaccination debate about Kimmich attracted attention. The Bayern profession had explained that he had not yet been vaccinated out of concern for the long-term consequences. He will “take up the subject again,” Flick said. This will happen “not only in front of the assembled team, but also in individual discussions, very personally”: “If anyone has concerns, we will try to take them away.”