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Inter Milan star Hakimi tests positive for Covid-19

Achraf Hakimi has tested positive for the coronavirus and faces a spell out of action for Serie A giants Inter Milan.

He is expected to miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach at San Siro.

“Achraf Hakimi has tested positive in the latest round of Uefa checks [required by hygiene protocols] undertaken ahead of tonight's game against Borussia Monchengladbach,” a statement from the San Siro giants read.

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“The Inter full-back is totally asymptomatic and will now follow the procedure set out by the health protocol.”

After completing a two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, the Morocco international joined Antonio Conte’s side on a five-contract, for a reported fee of around €40 million.

The 22-year-old opened his Italian top-flight goal account with a first-half strike in their 5-2 victory over Benevento on September 30, 2020.

This development is another setback for Conte’s squad who are still without Roberto Gagliardini, Andrei Radu, Milan Skriniar and Ashely Young due to the virus.

Although Hakimi is still completely asymptomatic, nevertheless, he will have to observe all the isolation procedures provided for by the health protocols.

Apart from the game against the Germans, the former Real Madrid star will also miss games against Genoa and Shakhtar Donetsk, as Inter Milan will have to rely on Parma loanee Matteo Darmian until he recovers fully.