Australian Goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Japan

Australia goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak has tested positive for coronavirus, his Japanese club Nagoya Grampus announced; becoming the second player…

Australia goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak has tested positive for coronavirus, his Japanese club Nagoya Grampus announced; becoming the second player infected at the J-League side. 

Striker Mu Kanazaki tested positive for the virus last week, prompting the club to investigate everyone who had come into close contact with him.

Players and staff were screened on Saturday with only Langerak’s result returning positive out of 26 tests.

Kyodo news agency reported that Langerak, who played eight times for his country, has reported no symptoms.

Kanazaki, also 31, had a headache and a 38.5-degree celsius fever after a group training session on May 29. He underwent a test for the coronavirus on Monday, with the positive result being released the following day.

The club responded by having 19 players deemed to have had close contact with Kanazaki tested. Another 26 individuals later underwent tests at their own request.

Langerak, who joined Nagoya in January 2018 after spells at Bundesliga sides Dortmund and Stuttgart, produced the only new positive test result.

The announcement was a hard blow for the J-League, which last week decided to resume the first division league season on July 4 behind closed doors.

Professional football in Japan will resume in early July without spectators after a four-month suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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