FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Big setback for India; midfielder Anirudh Thapa tests positive for COVID-19 –India midfielder Anirudh Thapa has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under quarantine in a separate room in the team hotel in Doha.
Thapa tested positive on Wednesday, a day before India lost 0-1 to Asian champions Qatar in their joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers in Doha.
“Yes, Anirudh Thapa tested positive (for COVID-19) and he is isolated (from other team members),” All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das told PTI on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Chennaiyin FC player will be tested again for the virus in a few days. He has played more than 20 matches for India.
India are already out of contention for a World Cup berth but remain in the reckoning for the 2023 Asian Cup.
Head coach Igor Stimac’s men still have two matches in the joint qualifiers to salvage some pride. They play Bangladesh on June 7 and Afghanistan on June 15.