4 players at top-flight Turkish clubs test positive for COVID after holiday: report

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A total of four players from three teams in the Turkish Super League have tested positive for coronavirus after tests carried out on their squads and other staff, the clubs said on Friday, according to Reuters.

İstanbul’s Galatasaray said two of its players were found to be positive after tests conducted on players and staff returning from holiday. They did not have clinical complaints but were put into isolation for treatment, it said on Twitter.

Trabzonspor, who came runners-up in the league, said one of their first team players had tested positive after showing symptoms but was in good condition and had started treatment.

Also, İstanbul’s Fenerbahçe said overnight that one of their players and a member of the coaching staff had tested positive for COVID-19 after tests on the club’s squad and other staff.

There have been more than 245,000 cases of novel coronavirus recorded in Turkey, with more than 5,900 people dying.

After an almost three-month suspension due to the outbreak, the league resumed in June, and last month İstanbul Başaksehir won the title for the first time, breaking the dominance of the city’s ‘Big Three’ — Beşiktas, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray.

The new season will begin on Sept. 11.

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