Anirudh Thapa tests positive for COVID-19 in Doha

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India midfielder Anirudh Thapa has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under quarantine in a separate room in the team hotel in Doha.

Thapa tested positive on Wednesday, a day before India lost 0-1 to Asian champions Qatar in their joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers in Doha.

“Yes, Anirudh Thapa tested positive [for COVID-19] and he is isolated [from other team members],” All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das told PTI on Saturday

The 23-year-old Chennaiyin FC player will be tested again for the virus in a few days. He has played more than 20 matches for India.

India are already out of contention for a World Cup berth but remain in the reckoning for the 2023 Asian Cup.

With three points from six matches, a winless India are at fourth spot in the Group E standings. Head coach Igor Stimac’s men still have two matches in the joint qualifiers — they play Bangladesh on June 7 and Afghanistan on June 15.



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