Borussia Dortmund suffered a pre-season setback as both Thomas Meunier and Julian Brandt tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday.
Dortmund were supposed to hold a public training session to show off their squad, backed by signings from Donyell Malen and Gregor Kobel, although they had to postpone due to positive tests in the first team group.
The club initially announced Meunier’s COVID-19 results with a statement, before releasing the details of Brandt’s test on Twitter while communicating the cancellation of the open training session.
The statement regarding Meunier on the official website stated: “Borussia Dortmund defender Thomas Meunier tested positive for the coronavirus test. The Belgian international took two tests before retiring in Switzerland and one additional test before leaving Bad Ragaz. All of them. these tests were negative.
“Having had several days off, the player has now tested positive before starting training this week. Thomas Meunier has been in solitary confinement ever since. We hope that Thomas’s symptoms are as mild as possible and that he heals soon. “
Later Tuesday, Dortmund’s official Twitter account posted the news that Brandt had also tested positive.
Following Thomas Meunier’s positive COVID-19 test, unfortunately another test positive case occurred after the player’s day off.
Julian Brandt tested positive for COVID-19 and we wish him a speedy recovery without symptoms pic.twitter.com/cpEUibfsIR
– Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) August 3, 2021
Marco Rose’s new squad finished third in the Bundesliga last season, with a belated push that secured the Champions League for the 2021-22 campaign.
The German side have failed to hold back Jadon Sancho, who moved to Manchester United in the transfer window, although he still has Erling Haaland to call for the new season.
Dortmund began their Bundesliga campaign against Eintracht Frankfurt on 14 August before taking on Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup three days later.