Bremen (AP) – Bundesliga football club Werder Bremen does not want to send its national players to coronavirus-risk areas during the upcoming international break, with one exception.
After the 1-0 victory over Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday, sports director Frank Baumann said the club “did not want to lose a single player for the next Bundesliga game” due to a possible quarantine. The Hanze will be a guest at SC Freiburg on 17 October.
“The Bremen Health Department has ordered that Werder players traveling in high-risk areas should be quarantined for five days upon their return to Germany – regardless of one or two negative tests,” explains Baumann. A negative test, on the other hand, is sufficient for the Borussia Dortmund national team after their return.
Therefore, Ludwig Augustinsson (Sweden), Milos Veljkovic (Serbia) or Marco Friedl (Austria) should only play one game for their country. Augustinsson does not travel to Russia, Velkjovic only plays in Norway and Friedl is hoping for his A-Eleven debut in the home game against Greece.
The only exception is Yuya Osako. Because the Japanese was not with the national team for over a year, the attacking player is allowed to follow a course in the Dutch risk area of Utrecht and play a test match there. “He will travel to Germany immediately after the game and quarantine at home for five days so that he can train with the team again the following Thursday and play against Freiburg,” said Baumann.