Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich has tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Poland.
Poland’s media officer Jakub Kwiatkowski took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to confirm the 30-year-old’s positive test.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay has relayed and translated the update from Poland, saying on his personal Twitter account: “Polish FA says Mateusz Klich has tested positive for Covid. No symptoms but will not travel to their World Cup qualifier against Hungary in Poland.”
Polish FA says Mateusz Klich has tested positive for Covid. No symptoms but will not travel to their World Cup qualifier against Hungary in Poland. https://t.co/6O03a49Kfz
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 24, 2021
Klich v Phillips still on?
The update that Hay has relayed says that Klich won’t be travelling to Hungary for Poland’s first World Cup qualifier match on Thursday – but he doesn’t say he won’t be able to play against England.
It remains to be seen how long Klich must self-isolate after his positive COVID test but Poland play England next Wednesday so it will be interesting to see if the Leeds ace will be available to potentially line up against Elland Road team-mate and Three Lions midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
It’s what we’ve all wanted to see in this international break, two players who’ve been instrumental in Leeds’ return to the Premier League facing off against one another.
While Klich’s form in West Yorkshire has dropped off a bit in recent months and his recent appearances have seen him play through the pain barrier with an injury, he’s still a top player who will undoubtedly be a handful for England if he plays well.
Between matches against Hungary and England in World Cup qualifiers, Poland also play Andorra, who they should beat with no issue.
But it’s likely that Poland will want Klich available to play against England due to the nature of the tie and how it’s possibly their toughest of the group as it’s at Wembley.
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