Real Madrid hit by latest wave of Covid as four first-team players test positive


Vinícius Júnior among four tested positive

Real Madrid may add their name to the list of clubs across Europe which have been affected by the latest wave of Covid-19 on the continent after four in the Los Blancos the first team has tested positive thanks to the new dominant variant Omicron.

By Spanish point of sale TodoMercadoWeb, Brazilian starlet Vinícius Júnior, Belgian shooter Thibaut Courtois, Federico Valverde and summer rookie Eduardo Camavinga have all tested positive for Covid.

According to the report, all players have isolated themselves according to standard protocols surrounding the virus.

It comes as a day away and a regional rivalry with Getafe CF approaching for Madrid on January 2, just as relegation was threatened. Azulones have found a decent streak of late in the form of a five-game unbeaten streak (2-3-0) that included a credible 0-0 draw against Athletic Club.

Real Marid comfortably in control at the top of La Liga

Despite the recent Covid-19 blow to the squad who are sure to temporarily deny access to some of Carlo Ancelotti’s key first-team strengths, Real Madrid remain comfortable atop La Liga in the during a season where – so far – each club has really failed to push the holding of the capital.

Four fewer as La Liga leaders Real Madrid hit by the latest Covid-19 epidemic

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 03: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on November 03, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez / Getty Images)

With the tough campaigns on display in Catalonia as well as across town at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid appear destined to win their 35th La Liga title and worsen their already record-breaking figure that would see them overtake their fierce rivals Barcelona nine times.

Madrid are also set to push on the continent when the Champions League resumes in February with the round of 16, and a delicate two-legged affair against Paris Saint-Germain and a possible summer acquisition of Kylian Mbappé offer a considerable springboard for the men of Ancelotti.

Either way, no one will be frustrated with an ‘easier’ road to likely continued La Liga success at the expense of the club’s biggest rivals, all well behind pace in 2021-2022.


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