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Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz tested positive for Covid-19

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Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz has been confirmed positive for Covid-19 and will miss his side’s Champions League last-16 match against Manchester City and has since been quarantined.

The Blancos striker has gone into a period of self-isolation as Zinedine Zidane’s side prepares for their Champions League clash with Manchester City

The Galacticos are putting plans in place for the reverse fixture of their Champions League fixture with Manchester City. Real Madrid trail in that encounter by 2-1 on aggregate as they will need to give it their all to overcome the deficit at the Etihad Stadium.

Covid-19 protocol has been put in place for everyone coming into the UK from Spain as the pandemic continues to cause severe problem for the general public around the world.

The Spanish side had been given an exemption from the Covid-19 regulations, without any need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to the UK. There may be a review of the exception due to recent development in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

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Mariano Diaz has, however, tested positive for the virus in the capital and has been forced out of the manager’s plans with plenty of options at his disposal. The striker was reported to have had no physical contact with any of the first team players or staff,  with his case been the only recent positive case after an initial screening stage.

Real Madrid released an official statement on the club’s website:

“After the Covid-19 tests carried out individually on our first team yesterday 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 striker himself gave an update on his health on Instagram, stating:

“Hello, everyone. I appreciate your messages of support.

“I am perfectly well, thank God, my family and my environment are also great.

“Now I am recovering at home, and I hope to return to normal soon and be able to be with my teammates and team. Greetings to all.”

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Consequently, the striker will play no part in the upcoming fixture, but the Spanish club will hope the fixture goes on as planned.

The governing body UEFA has, stated that all fixtures to be played in Europe will be reviewed regularly to address any emergency. The governing body has put in place plans to play all its later stage fixtures from Quarterfinals to the final in Portugal from August 12-23.  

UEFA in July released a statement further confirming its commitment to ensuring players safety:

“UEFA will continue to monitor the situation and reserves the right to reassign any such matches to the venues of the final tournament of the relevant competition should new events occur that would make it impossible to play one or more matches at the original venues.”

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