Australian head coach Graham Arnold has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time this year as he prepares to join the Socceroos camp for two crucial World Cup qualifiers over the next two weeks. .
Football Australia said on Friday that Arnold returned the positive result after following national team protocols and being tested on Thursday before his scheduled arrival at camp on Friday.
Arnold, 58, had the coronavirus in January and was in isolation for the game against Vietnam in Melbourne, with assistant Rene Meulensteen taking charge of the 4-0 win in Australia.
Football Australia was also trying to contact media who attended the team’s announcement on Thursday in Sydney to let them know of the positive case.
Australia face Japan in Sydney on March 24 and Saudi Arabia away on March 29.
Australia sit third in Group B in Asian qualifying and need to beat second-placed Japan and group leaders Saudi Arabia to have any real shot at automatic World Cup qualification later this year. in Qatar.
If the Socceroos finish third, they will enter a knock-out route to the final which will involve facing the third-place team from the other Asian qualifying group and then fifth-place from the South American qualifier.
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