Achraf Hakimi has tested positive for Covid-19 little more than a week after sealing his move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.
The Morocco international was expected to make his second appearance for Les Parisiens in their pre-season friendly against Chambly on Saturday, but was absent from Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
While fellow new signings Georginio Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma were also absent following their participation at Euro 2020, Nathan Bitumazala’s inclusion at right-back came as something as a surprise given Hakimi had started their first pre-season outing against Le Mans on Wednesday.
RMC have now revealed that Hakimi tested positive for coronavirus prior to PSG’s clash with Chambly and is subsequently being forced to endure a period of self-isolation.
There’s been no official word from the club on Hakimi’s positive test but his participation in their Trophee des Champions clash against Ligue 1 champions Lille on August 1 is now under threat.
Pochettino’s side were denied their second win in two games against Chambly thanks to Boubacari Doucoure’s late equaliser.
Mauro Icardi had handed his side the lead from the penalty spot in the first half before midfielder Guillaume Heinry equalised shortly after half time.
Xavi Simons’ goal midway through the second half looked to have secured the win for PSG, but their 100% record in pre-season so far was ended thanks to Doucoure’s 89th-minute strike.
Hakimi wasn’t the only notable summer signing omitted from the team sheet, with Sergio Ramos also failing to feature for the Ligue 1 outfit.
The Spanish defender recently signed a two-year deal in the French capital having brought to an end his glittering 16-year stay at Real Madrid, but so far he hasn’t made an appearance for the club.
Pochettino is yet to comment on the centre-back’s absence, but PSG fans will be hoping they get the chance to see their new man in action in the coming weeks as their side prepare to face Augsburg and Genoa before the annual French season curtain raiser against Lille.