By Matthew Roscoe •
Published: 16 Dec 2021 • 12:46
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SPANISH giants Real Madrid are struggling after an outbreak of COVID rocks the club – including positives for two of its best players. The La Liga leaders are understood to be holding an emergency meeting following the coronavirus outbreak within the squad.
According to Vozpópuli, various Los Blancos stars – as many as five – have tested positive ahead of this weekend’s clash with Cadiz, forcing the emergency meeting – with Luca Modric and Marcelo testing positive for the virus on Wednesday, December 15 – forcing them to be ruled out for the rest of 2021.
“Real Madrid CF communicates that our players Marcelo and Luka Modric have tested positive for COVID-19,” the Madrid club said in a brief statement on its website yesterday (December 15).
Pablo Laso and Thomas Heurtel also tested positive on Monday, December 13.
UPDATE: Real Madrid confirms that Asensio, Lunin, Bale, Rodrygo and technical assistant Davide Ancelotti have also tested positive for COVID-19.
The positives coincide with a rise in coronavirus infections in Spain and the recent spread of the Omicron variant, detected a few weeks ago in South Africa and already present throughout the world.
It is not yet known whether La Liga will postpone Real Madrid’s game over the weekend, but the fact that another top football league is being affected by Christmas time outbreaks is worrying.
Earlier, Euro Weekly News asked the question of whether all this weekend’s Premier League fixtures should be postponed – due to coronavirus outbreaks at as many as five clubs.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank said on Thursday, December 16:
“We think we should postpone the full round of Premier League games this weekend,” he said on Thursday, December 16.
“Covid cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs, everyone is dealing with it and having problems.
“To postpone this round and also the Carabao Cup round would give everyone a week at least, or four or five days to clean and do everything at the training ground so everything is clean and you break the chain.”
“We fully respect that we want to play and it is important football keeps going, and this way we can make sure Boxing Day keeps going, I’m 100 per cent sure of that,” added Frank.
“This Omicron variant is running like wildfire around the world and I think we need to do all we can to protect and avoid it. I think we can do a lot by closing down training grounds for three, four or five days, and then we can go again.”
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