May 10, 2021

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Chelsea and Arsenal players officially authorized for Germany


The German Football Association (its FA equivalent known as the DFB) has officially announced that the Duisburg health department has approved the entry of Premier League players.

The March international break sees Germany play its two World Cup qualifiers, respectively against Iceland and North Macedonia, in Duisburg, with the city now describing some Covid-19 exemptions.

Duisburg’s health department has established guidelines to allow entry to anyone in the city of Great Britain who would need it to practice their profession, this doesn’t just apply to footballers.

The DFB then specifies that anyone traveling in the city will have to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test – which must not be older than 24 hours after leaving Britain.

The move means Chelsea stars like fit Antonio Rudiger and summer rookies Timo Werner and Kai Havertz can now serve their national team, as well as Arsenal star Bernd Leno.

The DFB says daily tests will also take place, while ‘quarantine at work’ measures have been set for players to adhere outside of matches and training.

It is added that Joachim Low, who will step down as Mannschaft manager after Euro 2020, will name his team for the international break on Friday.

It will be interesting to see how Chelsea and Arsenal react to the news, with some of their most prominent players being affected by these official exemptions.

Chelsea’s stance on Havertz could be particularly interesting, with the brand’s summer signing tested positive in November and admitted to having been ‘hit hard’ by the effects of the virus, via the BBC.

This is something that Thomas Tuchel and Mikel Arteta did not want to worry about at the end of the season.