Soccer-Bayern coach Nagelsmann tests positive for COVID-19 - club

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich - BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany - October 17, 2021 Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann gives instructions to his players REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann has tested positive for COVID-19, the club said on Thursday, a day after he missed their 4-0 Champions League win at Benfica in Lisbon with "flu-like symptoms."

"He (Nagelsmann) will return to Munich separately with an ambulance flight and will go into home isolation," the German champions said in a statement.

Bayern are due to fly home on Thursday.

The 34-year-old had been ruled out for managing the game about an hour before kickoff and was replaced by his assistants.

In his first season in charge, Bayern are leading the Bundesliga title race and are aiming for a 10th consecutive league crown while also topping their Champions League Group E with three wins from three games.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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