The year of hell for Tanguy Ndombele seems to be continuing uninterrupted. There’s a new report out in L’Equipe (reported via Get French Football News) that says that Tottenham Hotspur’s record signing has contracted COVID-19.
Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has tested positive for COVID-19 & won't be in the France squad. https://t.co/aDNvqeaiAX— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 27, 2020
This news apparently comes out of an interview this morning with France manager Didier Deschamps who also revealed that Paul Pogba has also tested positive for COVID. Ndombele (and presumably Pogba as well) has been placed in quarantine for the next 14 days, meaning he won’t be playing or training for Tottenham either for the next two weeks.
Obviously this is terrible news. We don’t have any more information about it at this time — we don’t know if he’s asymptomatic or showing symptoms. We don’t know how sick he is. All we know is that he’s tested positive, and that’s horrible both from a player wellbeing stance and from a “let’s get him back in the squad” stance. We also don’t know whether this positive test is related to his absence from training the past week or so. Regardless of that question, missing two weeks of preseason will almost certainly make it more difficult for Tanguy to get back to training and work his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans in the preseason because of this.
It goes without saying that we wish Tanguy well and hope that he is able to lick this damned virus.