Thursday begins the season’s Europa League adventure for Dutch AZ Alkmaar. But they have to do without as many as 13 first-team players who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Tuesday afternoon, the Dutch football club AZ Alkmaar, where Jonas Svensson, Fredrik Midtsjø and Håkon Evjen play, announces that as many as 13 players in the squad have now tested positive for the corona virus.
Last week, nine were diagnosed with the infection, while eight new ones tested positive on Tuesday. Three of those who tested positive last week have now tested negative.
The news comes two days before AZ Alkmaar will play its first match in the Europa League group game against Napoli. Despite the fact that large parts of the squad have been infected, the match will be played as planned – unless local authorities intervene.
AZ thus states that they are traveling, as planned, to Italy, but with a squad consisting of 17 men.
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It is not stated which players have tested positive for the virus. The squad for Thursday’s match in Italy will be announced on Wednesday morning.
VG has tried to get in touch with Midtsjø, Svensson and Evjen, without success.
Last season, the 2019/20 season, was called because the Honorary Division was one of the few European leagues that chose to end the season early, rather than put the season on hold.
AZ Alkmaar has played four matches in the Honorary Division this season, and has four draws – and 10-10 in goals for and against. Most recently on Saturday, they were in action at home against VVV-Venlo.
shows that the trend of infection in the Netherlands is increasing:
A total of 241,945 people have been infected with the virus, and only today, Tuesday, 7742 people have tested positive for the virus.