Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich has tested positive for coronavirus and looks likely to miss all three of his nation’s upcoming internationals, the Polish FA has announced.
The 30-year-old is definitely ruled out of Poland’s World Cup qualifier in Hungary on Thursday. That’s as he awaits the results of a second test. Should that return positive again, Klich will also be absent for the clash against Andorra on Sunday and the qualifier against England at Wembley next Wednesday.
Klich has not shown any symptoms or felt unwell.
Jakub Kwiatkowski, media officer of the Polish FA, tweeted: “The Polish national team received the results of the SARS-Cov-2 test this morning.
“Unfortunately, in the case of Mateusz Klich, the result is positive. The competitor is well and shows no symptoms of illness. But his trip to Budapest is excluded. Today the test was repeated.”
Blessing in disguise for Klich
The enforced absence could be a blessing in disguise for a player who has looked jaded in recent months.
Indeed, the midfielder – virtually an ever-present for Leeds before this season – has suggested he’s struggled under Marcelo Bielsa’s demands.
Speaking to Polish paper Sportowe Fakty, Klich has suggested he may be in need of a rest.
“I admit that yes, that’s why I’ve been resting more in the club lately,” Klich said. “I started two matches on the bench. Over the last three years I have “loaded” some of these games, and I have not had any holidays.
“Fortunately, I was avoiding serious injuries, but minor ones started to happen to me. From overload, from intensity. My joints don’t hurt yet, I’m only 30 years old, but something hurts.
“At the club, we also train very hard between meetings. It’s hard to regain freshness. I hope to catch my breath, because I have the best matches when I am physically prepared.”