Lisa Kolb also tested positive for the corona virus with a PCR test. Austria’s team player did not start the trip with the ÖFB women to the EM team quarters in Pennyhill Park in Bagshot due to a positive result in a rapid antigen test at home on Thursday, just like physiotherapist Reinhard Wögerbauer. The PCR test also confirmed the result for the Upper Austrian. The symptoms are mild for both, but Kolb has to tremble for her EM ticket.
However, the state of health of both has improved, according to the ÖFB. “The corona situation remains tense in that we are simply passengers. We’re trying to minimize the risk as best we can, but it’s just not in our hands,” said team boss Irene Fuhrmann. The health developments of those affected are awaited. “We will then make the necessary decisions in the next few days.” They have to be well thought out, as a player who has been removed from the squad cannot join the team again later.
Virginia Kirchberger and Annabel Schasching are available as back-ups. Captain Viktoria Schnaderbeck did not take part in the first team training session in England because of her knee problems, as did her defender Carina Wenninger, who was ill. But she is enthusiastic about the conditions: “Huge, professional, almost a bit fairytale, that could perhaps be symbolic of a summer for us,” said the Styrian.
Lots of work before the opening game
On Wednesday (9:00 p.m., live on ORF1) an absolute highlight awaits with the performance in the sold-out Old Trafford Stadium against the hosts. In order to be prepared for this, every minute is used. “In terms of team tactics, we still have a lot to do with regard to the opening game. It’s very much about playing against the ball, changing situations, and standard situations will definitely be decisive,” said Fuhrmann.