Real Madrid CF has been dealt with another novel about the coronavirus this summer. The club officially announced on Wednesday that summer star David Alaba had a positive experience for COVID-19 just days after receiving a formal welcome from the club.
Earlier on Wednesday, Real Madrid revealed that the Austrian defender had returned the unconfirmed result of a routine test taken at the club’s training center, Valdebibas. He was then given a more accurate RTPCR test at a hospital near the Spanish capital. Unfortunately, the test confirmed that he has a contract for the Cove 19.
A club doctor was present to oversee the examination, and Alba was taken back to Weldbas before being allowed to return to the isolated home. He will remain under quarantine until he returns the negative test result and is cleared to re-engage his teammates.
Alaba’s diagnosis of COVID-19 is a huge blow to the club, which has been left without star forward Karim Benzema. French citizen COVID-19 also could not return to Madrid after a positive check. He has been forced to stay in Lyon while waiting for negative test results and approval to return to Madrid.
Benzema was due to fly back after enjoying a short summer break earlier this month. He is coming later than most of his teammates after entering the European Championship at the very depths of France. His return to training has been further delayed due to his diagnosis.
Alaba, meanwhile, has just been touted as Real Madrid’s biggest summer signing. He joined his new teammates in a training session a few days ago, and it is unclear whether other Real Madrid players have been sent into isolation as a result of close contact with the affected player.
With less than a month left before the start of the 2021/22 season, manager Carlo Ancelotti will be disappointed not to have a full squad. They want more time to get to know their players and see how they work together on the pitch.