Stade Francais build-up in chaos fol­low­ing Covid com­pli­ca­tions

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Rugby Union - By Ben Coles

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.”

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