Attacker Ishak Belfodil of Bundesliga club Hertha BSC tested positive for the corona virus against 1. FC Köln before the start of the second half on Sunday (3:30 p.m.). The Berliners confirmed this at a press conference on Friday. The 29-year-old is in isolation.
Sports director Fredi Bobic also confirmed that striker Krzysztof Piatek is signing a contract with Fiorentina “close”: “He has decided to do this, and that is absolutely good for us.” A replacement is “not planned” for now.
While Linus Gechter, Santiago Ascacibar and Lucas Tousart are still in isolation, newcomer Fredrik Andre Björkan was released. The match is still too early for the Norwegian, but also for captain Dedryck Boyata and Deyovaisio Zeefuik, who had previously been tested free of charge. The same goes for Stevan Jovetic due to a calf injury.
“We will take it as it is,” said Bobic about the Corona situation: “Everyone is challenged, every player has opportunities. But it is not easy for the coach.”
Korkut did not want to use the situation as an excuse: “You have to be very flexible. It doesn’t matter to us. Other teams are also shocked.”