Lyon star Aouar tested positive for Covid-19 before the opening of the 2020-2021 Ligue 1 season

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The midfielder was forced out of Friday’s clash against Dijon and will not be able to appear for the France squad.

Lyon has confirmed that Houssem Aouar tested positive for Covid-19 before the opening game of the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season.Rudi Garcia was forced to leave a key artist out of his plans to meet Dijon at Groupama Stadium on Friday night.

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

Lyon confirmed the news in a press release on its website, which reads: “Olympique Lyonnais confirms having organized, Thursday August 27, 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 club’s medical management revealed that Houssem Aouar is the only player in the workforce to have tested positive for Covid-19.

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

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

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

Aouar will not be eligible to play for Lyon on their next outing to Bordeaux on September 11, and has also been removed from Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Sweden and Croatia, which are scheduled to take place on September 5 and September 8, respectively. He was replaced by Nabil Fekir of Real Betis.

Aouar is called up for the first time at the Blues, with Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig and the Rennes teenager Eduardo Camavinga.

He will, however, be available for selection again when Garcia’s men travel to Montpellier on September 15, pending a flawless health check.

Lyon are not the only Ligue 1 club to see their preparations for the new campaign disrupted by Covid-19, Marseille forced to postpone a clash with Saint-Etienne last week after announcing four positive cases within its workforce.

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