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Kicker: Erling Haaland Cleared to Play on Saturday

Contrary to Some Reports, No Quarantine is Necessary

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Erling Haaland returned to Dortmund from international duty early after Norway vice-captain Omar Elabdellaoui tested positive for COVID. Some reports have indicated that Haaland would need to quarantine for ten days, which would force him to miss the game this weekend. However, Kicker reports that the Dortmund Health Department has cleared Haaland to play:

According to Kicker, the Dortmund health department explained: “After the player Erling Haaland returned to Dortmund, a detailed questioning about the possible contact with another Norwegian player who tested positive could take place.” According to this survey, “Mr. Haaland does not belong to category 1 (close contact). The health department did not have to issue a quarantine order.”

Haaland currently leads the Dortmund team with 11 goals and 3 assists in all competitions, so Favre will surely be happy to have his striker available. Norway’s approach, cancelling games and instructing all players to quarantine after a single reported positive test, appears to differ substantially from that of most professional and national teams, where games often went on in spite of multiple positives.

What do you think? Have any of you had contact with someone who tested positive? How did you handle it?