Indian Football

AIFF Confirms That Anirudh Thapa Has Been Cleared to Join the Indian Team After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Arjun Singh Devgan
Anirudh Thapa has been given the all-clear to join India's squad in Doha
Anirudh Thapa has been given the all-clear to join India's squad in Doha / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images
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India national team midfielder, Anirudh Thapa has received clearance from the doctors to join the squad in Doha, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) confirmed on Sunday.

Thapa had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, one day before India's qualifier against Qatar, with the player being placed under isolation. However, now the AIFF have confirmed that the midfielder has been cleared to join the team after subsequent tests, and being under observation

"Camp update from Doha: Anirudh Thapa who was in isolation on advice of LOC medical team since June 3 has been cleared by the LOC Doctor to rejoin the team after subsequent tests, and being under observation," the official handle of the Indian football team tweeted.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das on Saturday had confirmed that the 23-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19, though his CT value was considered to be good and his symptoms were not as serious when it comes to others being affected by the virus.

Thapa's arrival will boost the Blue Tigers in their quest to secure their first win of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with the game against Bangladesh being a very important one as all three points on the night will ensure that Igor Stimac's men remain in contention for a berth for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

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