"Had to play with Corona": Bayern loan shows "brutal side of football"

Soccer professionals like Bayern professional Alphonso Davies or Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein show what a corona infection can do.

"Had to play with Corona": Bayern loan shows "brutal side of football"

Soccer professionals like Bayern professional Alphonso Davies or Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein show what a corona infection can do. Both suffered heart muscle inflammation. Ron-Thorben Hoffmann, who is on loan from FC Bayern to AFC Sunderland, also feared this. He makes serious allegations.

Goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann, who was loaned to AFC Sunderland by FC Bayern Munich, has made allegations against the English club after suffering a corona infection. "When I came back after seven days of quarantine, it went straight back into the goal - although the quick test was still slightly positive. I had to play with Corona," said the 23-year-old from the "Bild" newspaper.

At the turn of the year he got infected, he trained with his teammates and drove with them in the team bus. "I wasn't doing well physically, but the club wanted me to be tougher," said Hoffmann. At first he was happy to be back in goal, so the adrenaline "kept him up" in the first game. But his symptoms got worse from the second game. "I played three games but felt worse from game to game. I had dizziness and a twinge in my heart, as well as shortness of breath." He was afraid of getting myocarditis like Bayern professional Alphonso Davies or Rune Jarstein from Hertha BSC.

His allegations against the English third division team weigh heavily. According to Hoffmann, there were no examinations after his infection, neither the lungs nor the heart were checked. "There weren't even any more quick tests before the games," said the keeper.

According to the information, Hoffmann finally flew to Munich for investigations in February and then did not play any more games for the third division team, where he was previously a regular goalkeeper. "That's the brutal side of football, which you don't really want to read as a fan. There were no discussions with those responsible," he said, frustrated.

Hoffmann's loan agreement in Sunderland expires, according to "Bild" a purchase clause would have been effective for 25 missions. Hoffmann has played 23 games in the league, plus one game in the EFL Trophy. But it doesn't sound like he had a future at the club in the north of England anyway. He is under contract with FC Bayern until the summer of 2023. Hoffmann apparently wants to join a second division club in Germany and is in talks with Eintracht Braunschweig, among others. "I want to establish myself as a regular goalkeeper in this league next season. My big goal is to get promoted to the first Bundesliga," he said.

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