AC Milan and France defender Theo Hernandez tests COVID-19 positive

The former Real Madrid left back is the second player from the French squad to test COVID-19 positive after Adrian Rabiot.

Hernandez started both of France’s games at the UEFA Nations League Finals in Italy, providing a goal and an assist as the world champion defeated Belgium and Spain to lift the trophy.   -  REUTERS

Theo Hernandez has tested positive for COVID-19 on his return from international duty with France, AC Milan said on Wednesday.

The left back started both of France’s games at the UEFA Nations League Finals in Italy, providing a goal and an assist as the world champion defeated Belgium and Spain to lift the trophy.

"Hernandez has tested positive for a swab carried out at home. The relevant local health authorities have been informed and the player is doing well," read a note on Milan's website.

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Hernandez is the second member of the French squad to contract the virus in the last week, after Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot missed the final following a positive test on Saturday.

Hernandez has been a key player for Milan this season, making nine appearances in all competitions, and the news comes as blow ahead of a busy run of games for the team.

Stefano Pioli’s side, which is second in Serie A, faces Hellas Verona and Bologna over the next two weekends, either side of a Champions League trip to Porto.

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