in-form Senegalese forward Sadio Mane has tested positive for Covid-19 and is
self-isolating, the club said Friday.
“Sadio Mane has tested
positive for Covid-19 and is currently self-isolating according to the
necessary guidelines,” Liverpool said in a statement.
“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.
“However, like with
Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool Football Club are – and will continue to – follow
all protocols relating to Covid-19 and Mane will self-isolate for the required
period of time.”
Thiago missed the Arsenal
game after his own positive test and he and Mane will both be absent for
Sunday’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa.
Manager Jurgen Klopp will
hope to have both players available when the Reds return to action after the
international break in October 17’s Merseyside derby at Everton.
Mane, 28, has been in fine
form this season, scoring both goals in Liverpool’s win over Chelsea before
also netting against the Gunners.
His enforced isolation will
also affect his international commitments after Mane was named in Senegal’s
squad for their upcoming friendlies against Morocco and Mauritania.