Real Madrid, Isco’s David Alaba tests positive as team cases reach eight

Real Madrid confirmed that David Alaba and Isco both tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the team’s total to eight cases ahead of their LaLiga match at Athletic Bilbao.

Luka Modric, Marcelo, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Rodrygo and Andriy Lunin – as well as assistant coach Davide Ancelotti – both tested positive last week. Modric later tested negative, but remained unavailable as he continued to suffer from symptoms.

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Neither Alaba nor Isco were training on Tuesday as they awaited PCR test results. Both will now be required to self-isolate at home for ten days.

All eight players will miss Madrid’s match against Bilbao on Wednesday, as will the injured Dani Carvajal and Dani Ceballos and was suspended Casemiro. As a result, coach Carlo Ancelotti was forced to name a squad for Tuesday’s match consisting of only 14 first-team players alongside seven youngsters.

Real Madrid are currently top of La Liga, although a 10-match winless streak in all competitions ended in a 0-0 draw with Cadiz on Sunday. A win over Athletic would ensure that Madrid would end this year at least six points at the top of the table, with second place. Seville storage Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Madrid will then not resume operations until January 2, after LaLiga’s Christmas break.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday before the latest positive test results were announced, Ancelotti said he hoped that the outbreak would be under control by then.

“We have seven days off,” he said. “Let’s hope they’re all ready to train when we get back.” Real Madrid, Isco’s David Alaba tests positive as team cases reach eight

Jake Nichol

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