Still basking in the euphoria of clinching their 34th league La Liga title, Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz has tested positive to coronavirus. This coming barely a week to the club’s Champions League second leg clash against Manchester City at the Ethihad Stadium.
The club confirmed that Diaz returned a positive Covid-19 test and is now in quarantine at home after missing training on Tuesday.
Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that Diaz returned a positive test on his return from holiday following a short trip after the conclusion of the LaLiga season.
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.’
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 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.
But the positive test is now likely to bring the game into question, particularly if more Real players test positive in their next round of testing.
Pep Guardiola’s side hold a 2-1 aggregate lead from the first leg at the Bernabeu way back in February. Captain Sergio Ramos was also sent off so he will be missing for the return leg.