Stade Francais build-up in chaos following Covid complications
Stade Francais have cancelled a pre-season friendly against Toulon after a number of players who have been suffering from Covid-19 developed lesions on their lungs.
The Top 14 clubs were due to meet on Aug 27 ahead of the start of the new season in France on Sept 5. It was reported last week by
L’Equipe that there had been “25 positive tests” for coronavirus at the club, which led to Stade Francais halting training and putting their players and coaches into isolation.
Players will now be required to rest for a further week, leaving the Parisian club’s preparations for the new season in disarray, given that Stade Francais are due to host Bordeaux-Begles in a little over two weeks’ time.
Toulon, Montpellier, Brive and Racing 92 all sent messages of support to Stade Francais yesterday.
“In light of the mandatory medical examinations for all players who have been diagnosed positive with the RT-PCR test for Covid-19, it appears that some of them are carriers of lung lesions due to the virus,” according to a club statement released yesterday.
“These lesions require a period of complete rest estimated for the moment at a minimum of one week and which will be added to the fortnight already observed. Other reviews are currently under way.
“In addition, the input of the medical commission of the National Rugby League for an advisory opinion resulted, for obvious health reasons, in the cancellation of the friendly match against RC Toulon.
“Once again, the club would like to thank all those who have shown their support during these last days.”