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Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti tests positive for coronavirus but is NOT with the Champions League squad

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Barcelona have defender Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for coronavirus – but the Frenchman has not travelled for their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.

The Catalan giants confirmed the news in a statement published on their website after the club’s latest Covid-19 tests were conducted on Thursday.

Barcelona announced the France international – who was not selected in their match-squad for Friday evening’s clash – is asymptomatic and is now in self-isolation.

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for coronavirus

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for coronavirus

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for coronavirus

Barcelona confirmed the news after their latest round of Covid-19 tests

Barcelona confirmed the news after their latest round of Covid-19 tests

Barcelona confirmed the news after their latest round of Covid-19 tests

The news comes just a couple of days after Umtiti’s Barcelona team-mate and compatriot Jean-Clair Todibo also confirmed he had tested positive for Covid-19.   

A statement read: ‘After the PCR tests carried out on Thursday the first team player Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for Covid-19. The players is asymptomatic, is in good health and is isolating at home.

‘The club has informed the relevant sporting and health authorities as well as tracing all the people who have had contact with the player so that they can undergo the corresponding PCR tests.’

The news comes a few days after Jean-Clair Todibo announced he had also tested positive

The news comes a few days after Jean-Clair Todibo announced he had also tested positive

The news comes a few days after Jean-Clair Todibo announced he had also tested positive

Just like Todibo –  who spent the second half of last season on loan at Schalke – Umtiti was not called by Quique Setien for their Champions League tie as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

The 26-year-old centre-back has been blighted by persistent knee problems over the course of the last two seasons and is back on the sidelines following a fresh blow last month.

Umtiti did not feature in Barcelona’s last six games of the 2019-20 LaLiga season, with his last game for the club coming in their damaging 2-2 draw away at Celta Vigo.

Umtiti has not travelled with Quique Setien and his squad for their tie against Bayern Munich

Umtiti has not travelled with Quique Setien and his squad for their tie against Bayern Munich

Umtiti has not travelled with Quique Setien and his squad for their tie against Bayern Munich

And Barcelona boss Setien appeared to be concerned with his injury after admitting last month he does not know when he will return.

Setien said: ‘He is in an acute process with his problem.Not even the doctors know how long he will be out.’

Umtiti joined Barcelona from Lyon in 2016 and enjoyed success in his first two seasons at the club, but has managed just 27 LaLiga matches in Barcelona’s latest two campaigns.

Umtiti has been left behind as he continues his recovery from his latest knee problem

Umtiti has been left behind as he continues his recovery from his latest knee problem

Umtiti has been left behind as he continues his recovery from his latest knee problem

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Newcastle vs Brighton LIVE: Stream, TV channel, score and teams – Maupay penalty puts Seagulls in front early on

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NEWCASTLE are looking to make it two Premier League wins out of two as they host Brighton and Hove Albion.

Buoyed by new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick, the Steve Bruce’s Magpies impressed on opening day with a 2-0 win at abject West Ham.

Visitors Brighton started with a spirited display at home to Chelsea on Monday, but ultimately ended up losing the game 3-1.

  • Newcastle vs Brighton is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
  • Coverage on Sky Sports Premier League commences at 1pm – an hour before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99.
  • Newcastle XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis, Hayden, Shelvey, Hendrick, Saint-Maximin, Carroll, Wilson.
  • Brighton XI: Ryan, Lamptey, White, Webster, Dunk, Connolly, Bissouma, Maupay, Trossard, Alzate, March.

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Fans love Tanguy Ndombele’s moment of magic in build-up to Heung-min Son’s opener

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Fans have been singing the praises of Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele after his involvement in their equaliser against Southampton.

The French midfielder picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch after showing his strength against Saints hard man Oriel Romeu. 

He then creates space for himself with a perfect piece of skill to get past James Ward-Prowse and get Spurs on the attack.

Fans have been singing the praises of Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele

Fans have been singing the praises of Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele

Ndombele produced a moment of magic in the build up to Tottenham's equaliser

Ndombele produced a moment of magic in the build up to Tottenham’s equaliser 

Ndombele then put the ball through to Harry Kane who set up Son Hueng-min in a fast, flowing move all begun by the Frenchman.

One fan tweeted: ‘That was a world class piece of skill from Ndombele. World class’

Another fan said that the Tottenham midfielder is about to surpass Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in the French set-up following his first half display. 

They tweeted: ‘Ndombele really about to end pogbas international career.’

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Despite impressing in the first half of Tottenham’s match against Southampton in the Premier League, Ndombele was dragged off at half-time, minutes after his moment of magic.

He was replaced by Giovani Lo Celso, who has shared the same injury woes as his counterpart in recent months.

There have been question marks over Jose Mourinho’s faith in Ndombele after he made it quite clear last season that he was not in his favoured starting side. 

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2pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘contract AGREED’, Partey second priority, Ozil situation ‘devastating’

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Martin Keown reckons Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can become an Arsenal legend after the striker finally signed a new contract this week.

And the club’s former centre-back shared his thoughts on what more the Emirates frontman can do to become a Gunners icon.

Keown told talkSPORT: “Aubameyang loves playing there [Arsenal] and he wants to be a legend in the future, so why not?

“He’s 31 years of age and he’s turned down Barcelona by the way to stay there. I think that tells you how much he loves the football club and what he’s looking to achieve.

“If they win the Premier League in the next three years then he certainly will become a legend if he plays a major part in that.”

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