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Man United women's captain Zelem tests positive for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Women's League Cup - Manchester United v Manchester City - Leigh Sports Village, Manchester, Britain - October 20, 2019 Manchester United's Katie Zelem in action Action Images via Reuters/Molly Darlington

(Reuters) - Manchester United women’s captain Katie Zelem has been withdrawn from England’s training camp after testing positive for COVID-19, the FA said on Wednesday.

Zelem, 24, was named in coach Phil Neville’s 30-player squad last week for the Lionesses’ training camp at St George’s Park.

The FA and the club said the midfielder will now self-isolate for 10 days as per the health protocol.

"Manchester United's Katie Zelem has withdrawn from England's September training camp having tested positive for COVID-19... There are no plans to call up a replacement for Zelem at this time," the FA said in a statement here.

Right back Lucy Bronze, who signed for Women’s Super League (WSL) side Manchester City last week, has also withdrawn from the camp after she picked up a knock in Sunday’s WSL game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Midfielder Isobel Christiansen, who missed last year’s World Cup due to an ankle injury, has been called up as a replacement.

England are scheduled to face twice world champions Germany in a friendly next month. [nL8N2FX2B5]

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai, editing by Ed Osmond

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