Ligue 1: eight Montpellier players positive for Covid-19, the match against Monaco suspended

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Will play, will not play? Will the Monaco-Montpellier meeting which is due to take place on Sunday take place? For the moment yes, as provided for in the health protocol defined by the Professional Football League (LFP). A club cannot request the postponement of a match if it has 20 negative players (including a goalkeeper) out of a workforce of 30 communicated to the LFP, as indicated in Article the protocol for the organization of the matches of the instance. With so far eight players tested positive and four members of the technical staff, Michel Der Zakarian’s team, currently ranked 5th in the championship, is holding its breath.

The entire group underwent new tests on Friday while the twelve infected people were placed in isolation, the MHSC said in a statement.

During the fifteen-day international break, seven players from the Hérault squad were selected for various French and foreign selections. Since the start of the pandemic, seven players from Montpellier have already been affected by Covid-19. Junior midfielder Sambia, who had been hospitalized and placed in an artificial coma at the end of April, was the first Ligue 1 player to suffer from the coronavirus. Then the Cameroonian international Ambroise Oyongo, the Serbian defender Mihailo Ristic, the young Thibault Tamas, and more recently the playmaker Florent Mollet or the young defender Thibaut Vargas were also infected and isolated from the group for fourteen days.

Finally, Algerian international striker Andy Delort was contaminated by the coronavirus on the eve of the resumption of the championship and thus deprived of the first match in Rennes (2-1).

Montpellier, also affected by the serious heart attack of Bruno Martini, the former international goalkeeper and deputy director of the training center, was waiting for the trip to Monaco to revive after the defeat at home against the neighbor and rival, Nîmes (0- 1) October 4.

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