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William Saliba to miss Nice’s clash with Marseille following positive Covid test

William Saliba to miss Nice’s clash with Marseille following positive Covid test

 

On-loan Arsenal starlet William Saliba will play no part in OGC Nice’s upcoming meeting with Marseille, it has been confirmed.

Allianz Riviera stint

French starlet Saliba has of course spent the last couple of months plying his trade in Ligue 1, with Les Aiglons.

This comes with the 19-year-old having endured an altogether disappointing opening half to the campaign in north London, during which he was restricted to outings with Arsenal’s youth sides.

Saliba has since, though, gone on to enjoy a solid stint back in his home country.

The former Saint-Etienne man has quickly established himself as a mainstay in Nice’s backline, forming an encouraging partnership with fellow loanee Jean-Clair Todibo.

William Saliba to miss Nice’s clash with Marseille following positive Covid test

Nice’s French defender William Saliba (L) is challenged by Metz’s French forward Thierry Ambrose during the French L1 football match between Football Club de Metz and OGC Nice at the Saint-Symphorien Stadium in Longeville-Les-Metz, eastern France on January 9, 2021. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP) (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP via Getty Images)

All told, Saliba has notched 14 appearances across all competitions, including 12 Ligue 1 starts.

Ruled out

As outlined above, however, Nice’s next outing – a league showdown with Marseille ahead of the international break – will see their star loan stopper play no part.

This comes with Saliba, unfortunately, having tested positive for Covid-19.

News of the Gunners starlet’s positive test was first reported by the reliable L’Equipe this afternoon, and has since quickly spread across the European media.

Saliba will now enter a period of 10 days in self isolation, as per the French government’s protocols.

The Paris native should only miss one of Nice’s fixtures, though, with Les Aiglons, after facing Marseille, not scheduled to return to the pitch until April 4th.

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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