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Sports Real Madrid's Mariano tests positive for COVID-19

17:26  28 july  2020
17:26  28 july  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz tested positive for COVID-19, the La Liga champions announced Tuesday, potentially leaving the club a player short for the upcoming Champions League match against Manchester City.

Should Mariano be asked to self-isolate for the recommended 14 days, he will miss the second leg of the round of 16 fixture on Aug. 7. City currently lead 2-1 on aggregate.

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"After the COVID-19 tests carried out yesterday on our first-team footballers by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Mariano tested positive," Real said in a statement.

"The player is in perfect health and is complying with the protocol of isolation at home."

The 26-year-old was unlikely to play a part in the comeback attempt. He was an unused substitute in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Feb. 26, which was played before the coronavirus pandemic forced leagues across Europe to suspend operations.

Madrid's entire squad entered quarantine in March after one of the club's basketball players tested positive for the coronavirus. Madrid's football and basketball teams share common areas at the Real Madrid City training complex on the outskirts of the Spanish capital.

Though Mariano has made just seven appearances this season - all of them off the bench - he scored in a 2-0 win over Barcelona to help Madrid win the La Liga title.

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