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Vaccinated Bayern coach tests positive for COVID-19

Bayern Munich confirmed yesterday that head coach Julian Nagelsmann has tested positive for COVID-19 — even though he is fully vaccinated — having already sat out its UEFA Champions League win at Benfica with illness.

“Julian Nagelsmann has tested positive for the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated,” the German giant said in a statement. “He will return to Munich separately from the team by air ambulance and will isolate at home.” Nagelsmann missed Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing of Benfica in Lisbon after being taken ill and his assistant coaches Dino Toppmoeller and Xaver Zembrod took over duties on the bench. Bayern has not said how long the 34-year-old will be sidelined. The team has a busy schedule with five games in the next two weeks before the November international break. Bayern showed it can win without Nagelsmann with Leroy Sane scoring twice in Lisbon as the Germans opened a five-point gap at the top of Group E. It is also a point clear at the top of the Bundesliga before hosting Hoffenheim tomorrow.


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