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Kylian Mbappe tests COVID-19 positive, set to miss France’s Nations League match against Croatia

Kylian Mbappe, who is asymptomatic as reported by RMC Sports, has left the national team squad and begun his home quarantine.

SNS | New Delhi |

France striker Kylian Mbappe has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Nations League match against Croatia on Tuesday, informed the French Football Federation (FFF) said.

According to a report carried by RMC Sports, the PSG player, who is asymptomatic, has already left the Fench national te squad and begun his home quarantine.

Mbappe is the seventh PSG player to test positive for Covid-19. The French giants last week reported six confirmed cases, whom French media L’Equipe said are Neymar, Mauro Icardi, Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Keylor Navas. All six had holidayed on the Spanish island of Ibiza after the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on August 23.

Mbappe, like the other six, will also be missing PSG’s opening two 2020/21 Ligue 1 games against Lens on Thursday and Marseille three days later.

PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has hit out at the FFF for not informing the club about Mbappe’s case and said that they had to learn about it from media reports.

“I find it completely unacceptable that we learn from the press that one of our players is positive,” he said to RMC, “They released a statement and sent the player home but no one from the Federation has communicated this to us. No one has contacted us.”

Meanwhile, Mbappe had scored the only goal in his country’s Nations League victory against Sweden on Saturday. His 41st minute strike was the only difference as the World Champions defeated Sweden 1-0 at the Friends Arena.

The 21-year-old cut in from the left and found the gap between Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen and the post with a left-footed shot to register the 14th goal for his country.

“It was a tough match and we fought hard. It wasn’t easy, it could be better in the future,” Mbappe said, according to Xinhua news agency. “The most important thing is the result.”