Real Madrid’s Champions League preparations are thrown into chaos as striker Mariano tests positive for coronavirus after his holiday – just 10 days before trip to face Manchester City… but UEFA are confident the game will go ahead
- Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz has tested positive for coronavirus
- Mariano returned from a short holiday and was tested by the club on Monday
- He is now in quarantine for two weeks but the club say he is ‘in perfectly health’
- It is unclear how the positive test will affect the game at Manchester City
- UK re-imposed requirement for travellers from Spain to have 14 days in isolation
- City and Real are set to conclude their last-16 Champions League tie next Friday
The club have confirmed that Diaz returned a positive Covid-19 test and is now in quarantine at home after missing training on Tuesday.
Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that Diaz returned a positive test on his return from holiday following a short trip after the conclusion of the LaLiga season.
Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz has tested positive for coronavirus after returning to the club
Diaz returned from a short holiday after the LaLiga season finished and was tested on Monday
The Spanish giants are due to play Manchester City in the Champions League next Friday
A club statement read: ‘After the COVID-19 tests carried out individually on our first football team yesterday (Monday) by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Mariano has given a positive result.
‘The player is in perfect health and complying with the sanitary isolation protocol at home.’
A UEFA statement later read: ‘UEFA is in contact with the club and monitoring both the situation and decisions of the relevant Spanish authorities.
‘We are confident that this case will not affect the regular staging of the match in question.’
The Spanish giants are due to play the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie at the Etihad Stadium on August 7.
Mariano will now have to undertake a two-week quarantine period, ruling him out of the game against the Premier League side.
The 26-year-old took to Instagram to express gratitude to fans and a desire to return to training
The 26-year-old took to Instagram to express his gratitude to fans and a desire to return to training when it’s safe to do so.
He said: ‘I very much appreciate your messages of support. I am perfectly fine, thank God. My family are also great. Now I am confined at home. I hope to return to normal soon and be with my teammates.’
The news comes amid the ongoing row between the UK and Spanish Governments after the UK re-imposed the requirement for travellers arriving from Spain to spend 14 days in quarantine.
Despite UEFA’s insistence…