The end of summer preparation has been largely disrupted, for OM, since Jordan Amavi tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, August 13. As soon as this first case was announced within the professional workforce, the staff had to give up collective sessions for sessions in small groups. And the positive tests of Steve Mandanda, Maxime Lopez, Valentin Rongier (declared on August 16) then Dimitri Payet (reported on August 20) extended these arrangements in the training schedules, in addition to postponing the first match of the season, scheduled for last Friday against Saint-Étienne.
This Monday, after a weekend of rest, the players returned to more normalcy, since they were able to participate in a collective session. The five Marseillais affected by the virus did not take part, since the protocol provides for a period of fourteen days before the resumption of collective training. Players positive for the virus are tested every three days, compared to once a week for the rest of the squad, plus another test 48 hours before matches.
Amavi maybe back this week
If his PCR tests are negative and his medical exams are reassuring, Amavi could resume training later this week, at best. And, while waiting to find his entire group, Villas-Boas will have to tinker, in Brest on Sunday, for OM’s entry into this Championship.