Real, Bayern defenders positive for COVID

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Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have both confirmed COVID-19 cases among their respective playing groups in the lead-up to matchday three of the Champions League.

The news came on the same day Dynamo Kyiv announced six players and five members of staff had tested positive for the virus before Wednesday's group game against Barcelona.

European champions Bayern said in a brief statement that 25-year-old defender Niklas Suele tested positive and is "self-isolating at home and is doing well".

Suele played in Bayern's 2-1 Bundesliga win away to Cologne on Saturday but is now set to miss Tuesday's trip to RB Salzburg and Saturday's Bundesliga table-topper against Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern winger Serge Gnabry recently missed a number of games while isolating after what turned out to be a false positive test.

Real announced on its website on Monday that defender Eder Militao tested positive from a test conducted on Sunday.

They said all other first-team players and coaching staff, as well as club employees who work directly with them, had tested negative both on Sunday and Monday.

Real, who are bottom of Champions League Group B with one point from two games, host third-placed Inter Milan on Tuesday.

Militao, who has made three appearances this season, is the second Real player to test positive for COVID-19 recently after forward Mariano Diaz.

Dynamo said all of their players and support staff who had tested positive were in self-isolation and doing well.

Elsewhere, the Swiss soccer top fight postponed two more games because of coronavirus outbreaks at clubs.

Only one of the 10 teams in the league has played a full schedule of six games so far in a season that started two months later than normal.

The Swiss league postpones games if a club has at least six players unavailable because of infection or quarantine.

Meanwhile, Castleford's next two Super League fixtures have been cancelled as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the northern hemisphere's top rugby league competition.

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas said the severely disrupted calendar in 2020 has reduced the physical burden on players but increased the mental fatigue on players.

"I feel good. I don't feel exhausted, because I have played not that many tournaments this year, so I don't really have a reason to be exhausted," the world No.6 told reporters on Sunday before the ATP Tour's Paris Masters.

"The part that makes it more tiring than usual is for sure the virus itself and all the things that keep showing up and the changes that are happening.

"I would say that that's the biggest challenge that we are facing right now."