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Samuel Umtiti tests positive for coronavirus with Barcelona star isolated from team-mates after Bayern Munich thumping

SAMUEL UMTITI has tested positive for coronavirus, with the Barcelona star forced into self-isolation.

The French defender, 26, joined team-mate Jean-Clair Todibo in returning a positive result prior to the 8-2 hammering against Bayern Munich.

Umtiti was not with the squad for the Champions League loss after being placed in isolation.

Barcelona confirmed the news in a statement – which revealed Umtiti was not exhibiting symptoms.

It read: “After the PCR tests carried out on Thursday, Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for Covid-19.

“The player is asymptomatic, in good health and isolating at home.

“The club has informed the relevant sporting and health authorities as well as tracing all the people who have had contact with the player so that they can undergo the corresponding PCR tests.”

Fortunately for Barcelona, Umtiti was not due to be in the squad due to his persistent knee injury.

Having not travelled to Portugal for the Champions League quarter-final clash, Umtiti was unable to spread the virus further.

However, Quique Setien would have loved to have been able to call on Umtiti for the game.

Barcelona were humiliated in an 8-2 hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich.

The result saw Setien on the brink of being sacked – with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Thierry Henry all linked with the job.

Gerard Pique also offered to quit for the club’s sake, while Lionel Messi is now also set to leave the Nou Camp.

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