Real Madrid have confirmed midfielder Federico Valverde has tested positive for COVID-19.
Los Blancos recently announced that the 22-year-old was self-isolating after being in close contact with someone who had later tested positive for coronavirus and it’s now been revealed that he too has contracted the illness.
Real Madrid confirm Federico Valverde is in isolation after close contact with a positive COVID-19 test, and he will miss the La Liga game against Getafe.
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In a statement released on the club’s official website, they offered little in the way of an update on the player or how long he would be forced to self-isolate, just that a positive test had been returned.
“Real Madrid informs that our player, Fede Valverde, has tested positive in the COVID-19 test carried out today,” the statement read.
Valverde has been in and out of the Real starting XI this season and has picked up a number of injuries that have limited his time in the matchday squad.
However, he’s proven to be a key member of Zinedine Zidane’s side when fit and has plugged a whole host of gaps as the Real boss looks to manage his squad while fighting for silverware both domestically and in Europe.
Valverde started at right-back against Liverpool in the second leg of Real’s Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield earlier this month, and he performed the role well as Los Blancos secured a 0-0 draw to take them through to the last four of the competition after their 3-1 win in the home leg.
The Uruguay international also started out of position on the right of Zidane’s midfield in their crucial clash with Barcelona a little less than two weeks ago, as Real strengthened their bid to regain their La Liga title with a 2-1 win in El Clasico.
It’s unclear how long Valverde will be forced to self-isolate for, though Zidane can ill afford to lose any more players with pivotal league and Champions League fixtures on the horizon.