Olympique Lyon has On Friday 29th of August confirmed that Houssem Aouar has tested positive for the Coronavirus ahead of their Ligue 1 opener.
The star midfielder would miss Lyon’s Friday League clash against Dijon as Rudi Garcia would be forced to drop the France international.
After the French side performed the latest round of medical checks for the players in line with the League’s protocols, Aouar was the only player to test positive for the COVID-19 virus in the Lyon squad.
He is now set to miss Didier Deschamps’ France squad for UEFA Nations League fixtures against Sweden and Croatia after he was called on following a stellar campaign last season.
While Les Bleus would be in action on September 5 and September 8, Aouar would be been put into quarantine until the 11th of September, following the 14-day quarantine protocol.
In an official statement on the club’s website, Lyon confirmed the news, saying: “Olympique Lyonnais confirms to have organized, on Thursday 27 August, 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 medical management of the club revealed that Houssem Aouar is the only player in the squad to have tested positive for Covid-19.
“As soon as the results were made known, Houssem was put into isolation for a fortnight while still being completely asymptomatic.
“Olympique Lyonnais can also confirm that the contamination of the player occurred outside the club.
“Houssem Aouar will return to training with the first-team squad in 10 to 15 days, depending on his next follow-up tests.”
Houssem Aouar has also been in the media with speculations over a summer move to Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is reportedly keen on adding the X-year-old to bolster the Gunners midfield