Australian football coach positive for COVID-19 prior to World Cup qualifying

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold tested positive for COVID-19 before playing against Vietnam in the Australian World Cup qualifying on January 27th.

Soccer Australia was confirmed in Media release Arnold, who was fully vaccinated on Sunday and received a booster shot 10 days ago, is now quarantined in Melbourne after returning a positive COVID-19 result.

Despite the setbacks, James Johnson, CEO of Football Australia, said Arnold feels positive and maintains all team activities and digital connectivity, including training sessions.

“Graham and Socceroos staff have made a lot of sacrifices over the past year to lead the team in a qualifying campaign in the midst of a pandemic, so unfortunately this important home qualifying match The night before, Graham returned the first positive COVID. The result, “he said.

“But we are pleased that our thorough protocol got this result early and controlled the risk of infection to players and staff leading to the week of the match.”

Meanwhile, Arnold said he has full confidence in the players and staff to carry out the plan in his absence prior to the next match.

“The staff and I always planned that there might be days when we couldn’t play, so I believe everything will be going well this week if we have great plans and staff,” he said. I did.

“I feel good and have no symptoms. I’m disappointed that I can’t be with the players and staff this week, but I believe in the standards, processes and culture that have been in place over the last three years. This journey. Will remain high. “

Former Manchester United assistant coach René Meulensteen will take on the coaching role with the great footballer Tony Vidmar until Arnold returns, as Arnold is temporarily out of action.

This is because Australia is preparing to face Vietnam in the World Cup qualifying match at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Thursday.

Australia’s three wins made a solid start to this phase of the qualifying match, but the defeat to Japan and the draw between Saudi Arabia and China left Socceroos outside their group’s automatic qualifying spot.

So if you want to blockade the berth in Qatar’s World Cup without going through the playoffs, you have to recover quickly, so defeating Vietnam on Thursday is very important.

“I have four games I have to play before I can play in Qatar, and I’m hoping to win four games,” Arnold said. Said on Sunday.

Arnold Team of 25 people A match against Vietnam on Friday and the next match against Oman on February 1st.

He made nine changes, including the return of influential players Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic.

Steve Milne