Real Madrid dealt coronavirus blow after defender Eder Militao tests positive ahead of Champions League clash with Inter Milan – but the rest of Zinedine Zidane’s squad are given clean bill of health
- Real Madrid have been dealt a Covid-19 blow after Eder Militao tested positive
- The 22-year-old central defender will be forced to self-isolate after the result
- No other positive results were recorded among the squad and staff members
- The LaLiga giants next take on Inter Milan in the Champions League group stage
Real Madrid have announced Eder Militao has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of their Champions League clash with Inter Milan.
The 22-year-old, who has featured regularly in Zinedine Zidane’s squad this season, will now undergo a mandatory period of self-isolation.
The club revealed that, with the exception of Militao, no other positive results were recorded from the latest round of testing.
Real Madrid have announced central defender Eder Militao has tested positive for coronavirus
A statement from Madrid said: ‘Real Madrid would like to inform that our player, Eder Militao, has tested positive in the COVID-19 tests carried out yesterday, Sunday morning.
‘All the other players and the technical staff from the first team, as well as all the employees of the club who work directly with them, tested negative in that same test.
‘The club would like to confirm once again that everyone, with the exception of Eder Militao, tested negative in the antigen tests carried out that same morning.’
The 22-year-old tested positive during the latest round of routine testing and will self-isolate
Marca reported on Sunday that one player from the Madrid squad had contracted the virus – although the identity of the star was not known at the time of publication.
It has now been revealed that the player is centre back Militao, who joined the club from Porto for £43million last year.
The second round of testing was held shortly after the positive result surfaced.
The rest of Zinedine Zidane’s squad, and staff members, tested negative before the next game
It is currently not known whether Militao is experiencing any symptoms at this early stage.
Madrid welcome Inter to the Bernabeu on Tuesday and will be hoping to pick up an invaluable victory.
The club have just one point from their opening two group stage fixtures, having fallen to defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk before salvaging a late draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.
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