Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Senegal’s opening fixture at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Koulibaly will be unavailable for the Lions of Teranga when they begin their Group B campaign against Zimbabwe at the Kouekong Stadium on Monday.
Although he has taken the coronavirus vaccines, the 30-year-old is now in isolation to recover and curb the spread of the infection.
“Kalidou Koulibaly, engaged with his national team for the African Cup, tested positive for Covid-19,” read a statement from the club’s social media page.
“The player, regularly vaccinated, is asymptomatic and will observe the period of isolation as per protocol.”
Senegal are expected to find a replacement for the rock-solid defender ahead of Monday’s match in Bafoussam.
The Lions of Teranga are looking to better their performance at the 2019 edition when they finished second behind champions Algeria in Egypt.