ODSONNE EDOUARD has tested positive for coronavirus – and is now a massive doubt for Celtic’s Premiership meeting with Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side in 10 days’ time.
The 22-year-old striker’s symptoms were detected while on international duty with the French Under-21 squad.
Edouard will now be required to isolate after being separated from his team-mates yesterday morning.
The Hoops’ talisman, the club’s top scorer last season with 28 goals, now faces at least a week out while the champions prepare for the first Glasgow derby of the campaign at Parkhead.
A French Football statement read: “The result of his Covid-19 test carried out by UEFA this Tuesday morning, October 6 having been positive, Odsonne Edouard was sidelined from the group upon receipt of the results, at the end of training. He was then placed in isolation.”
Celtic took to Twitter to state: “We can confirm that Odsonne Edouard has tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with France U21. As it stands, no other CelticFC player has returned a positive test.
“Our thorough testing programme will continue and we will continue to follow all protocols.”
Edouard will now miss his country’s European Champions Under-21 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Slovakia.
The champions played down talk of a squad outbreak. They ran tests on players yesterday, with internationals tested by their respective nations. To date, Edouard is the only player to have tested positive amid suggestions he contracted the virus en route to France to join international team-mates.
There now question marks over the player’s fitness and his return travel plans.