Borussia Dortmund is threatened with a longer failure: Manuel Akanji will test positive for the virus shortly before the Swiss match against Croatia. The club has already commented on the defender’s condition.
After Xherdan Shaqiri there is another corona case in the Swiss national football team. A few hours before the friendly against Croatia on Wednesday evening in St. Gallen, the Swiss Football Association (SFV) announced that Manuel Akanji from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund had tested positive for the virus. “He is therefore preventively in isolation and shows no symptoms,” the association said on its website. Further clarifications are underway.
Although the match against Croatia could take place according to plan in consultation with the authorities, the upcoming Nations League matches are uncertain. Switzerland opposes the German team in Cologne on October 13. The match of the national team against Spain on Saturday in Madrid is scheduled for this. The SFV said it was clarified how the current facts would affect the further course of the selection games.
According to the union, it is certain that the Dortmund defender Akanji has not been infected by Shaqiri. “In this regard, the SFV also received verbal information in advance that Shaqiri’s positive test result was likely due to a previous infection and that he was therefore not contagious,” the association announced. This was the result of an additional blood test with reliable antibody detection.