On Thursday morning, Hertha Berlin announced that the team had found three cases of coronavirus infection. The positive test results were given to coach Pal Dardai, assistant coach Admir Hamzagic and forward Dodi Lukebakio. The three were immediately sent home to quarantine, and together with Andreas Neuendorf, another Dardai assistant who was in contact with the infected person. It should be emphasized that all patients have no symptoms and all feel well.
Unfortunately, the isolation of the four did not end there. The German Ministry of Health has decided to implement quarantine on the entire Hertha team, and the quarantine period will last until April 28. At that time, the team was supposed to stay in the specially prepared dormitory, and left them only to train and participate in the Bundesliga.
However, on Friday, it turned out that the DFL authorities did not want to take a risk and decided to cancel the team’s next three games from Berlin. Hertha plans to play with Mainz (April 18), Freiburg (April 21) and Schalke (April 24) in the near future. The new competition date will be announced next week. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Krzystof Piątek’s team was the first team in Germany. At that time, the entire team could not participate in the competition.
For Hertha, isolation is not the only issue this season. Pal Dardai’s team is still struggling to stay in the Bundesliga. The Berliners are currently ranked 15th, but they are at the same level as Arminia Bielefeld in the play-offs, only 3 points higher than the 17th FC Koeln. Krzysztof Piątek has played 28 games for Hertha this season, scoring 6 goals.