RB Leipzig will be without coach Jesse Marsch and starting goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi for Wednesday’s Champions League game at Club Brugge after they contracted the coronavirus.
Marsch was in isolation after testing positive, adding that he was fully vaccinated.
Assistant coach Marco Kurth was also out because he had contact with a person in his family who tested positive.
Another assistant coach, Achim Beierlorzer, will oversee the team for the Bruges game, where Leipzig is looking for a win to finish third in the group and advance to the Europa League knockout playoffs.
Leipzig said that all players or staff members of the first team are either fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from the virus.
RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch (right) and goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi (left) tested positive for Covid and will miss Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Club Brugge.
Marsch has been off to a rocky start in Leipzig since joining the offseason.
The team is seventh in the Bundesliga and cannot advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League after winning just one point in its first four games in a group that also includes Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
The positive tests were reported a day after Leipzig said attacking midfielder Dani Olmo was unlikely to play again this year with a strained thigh muscle.
All four German teams in the Champions League have been affected by virus cases before this week’s games.
Borussia Dortmund does not have striker Thorgan Hazard after a positive test, and Wolfsburg has no goalkeeper Koen Casteels.
Leipzig have become the fourth German club in the Champions League affected by the coronavirus this week, as cases in Germany continue to spiral.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich are experiencing their own mini Covid crisis and have now reportedly resorted to cutting the salaries of their players who are not vaccinated.
Bayern traveled to play Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday and will not have seven players who have tested positive or been in contact with positive cases.
Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance are in quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who has the virus and the German club has told everyone that they will not be paid for every match. or a training day missed when self-isolating after refusing to receive the vaccine.
Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (left) and Michael Cuisance (right) are not vaccinated against Covid
According to the German news outlet BildBayern told players last week that they would withhold payment if someone missed work because they were not vaccinated.
The report comes days after Bayern suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat at the hands of local rivals Augsburg on Friday, in which Kimmich, the midfield star of both Bayern and Germany, missed the match after being forced to quarantine.
Gnabry started that match, while Musiala and Choupo-Moting entered as substitutes, while Cuisance was an unused substitute. Those four players were quarantined after a new exposure to Covid, hours after reports of pay cuts emerged in Germany.
Bayern central defender Niklas Sule returned a positive test result for coronavirus last week
Another Bayern defender, Josip Stanisic, also tested positive for Covid in the last week
His Bayern teammates Niklas Sule and Josip Stanisic tested positive for Covid last week, and the club confirmed those two players were vaccinated.
Tensions are high in Germany with the country in the grip of a fourth wave of cases and many full hospitals.
It has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe, with 68% of people fully vaccinated.
“By the end of this winter, everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, recovered or dead,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Monday.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn warned on Monday that “ by the end of this winter, everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, recovered or dead ” amid the country’s fourth wave.
The news of the salary withholding comes less than a week after the five Bayern players were told that they had been banned from staying in the same hotel as their teammates before a match and that they were also required to travel to the parties separately due to tighter restrictions in the country, which is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases.
Bavaria’s seven-day infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants was 640 on Monday, almost twice as bad as the national rate of 386.5, which is the highest Germany has had so far in the pandemic.
Last week, Bavarian Minister President Markus Soder said there was no choice but to implement a “kind of lockdown for the unvaccinated” due to mounting pressure on hospitals and medical personnel.
One of these measures includes that unvaccinated people in Bavaria are prohibited from visiting restaurants and hotels.
Bayern told players that they will not be paid for every match or training day they miss when they isolate themselves after they refused to receive the vaccine when it was offered.
The only state doing worse than Bavaria is Saxony, which has completely shut out fans in an attempt to control the outbreak.
No games have yet been canceled in the Bundesliga this season, but there have been cancellations in the second and third divisions.
The St. Pauli match against Sandhausen, the Zwickau match against Magdeburg and the Wurzburger Kickers match against Eintracht Braunschweig were canceled due to outbreaks.