Liverpool’s Sadio Mané tests positive for COVID-19

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The Liverpool forward Sadio Mané has tested positive for coronavirus, the club has announced. Mané is self-isolating with what the club described as “minor symptoms”.

A club statement read: “Sadio Mané has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating according to the necessary guidelines.

“The forward, who started and scored in Monday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal, has displayed minor symptoms of the virus but feels in good health overall.

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“However, like with Thiago Alcântara, Liverpool Football Club are – and will continue to – follow all protocols relating to Covid-19 and Mané will self-isolate for the required period of time.”

Mané was not part of Liverpool’s squad on Thursday night when the Merseyside club went out on penalties to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup fourth round. Both Thiago and Mané will both be absent for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp will hope to have both players available when his side returns to action after the international break on 17 October for the Merseyside derby at Everton.

Mané, 28, has been in fine form this season, scoring both goals in Liverpool’s win over Chelsea before also netting against the Gunners.

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His enforced isolation will also affect his international commitments after Mané was named in Senegal’s squad for their upcoming friendlies against Morocco and Mauritania.

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