Atletico Madrid defender Renan Lodi has tested positive for coronavirus, while nine other Rojiblancos players have shown antibodies of the virus. The news has come in as setback to the plans of LaLiga to start the league from June 20th.
The Brazilian right-back has had symptoms since mid-March, just days after playing for Atletico in the Champions League against Liverpool at Anfield, according to reports in Spain and his homeland. However, the 22-year-old has only been tested now ahead of a return to training for LaLiga clubs after the Spanish government lightened lockdown regulations in a four-phase de-escalation plan which could see LaLiga kick off again in June. Lodi, who is now said to be without symptoms, will have to remain in quarantine for the next 10 days before he can begin to work out at the club facilities ahead of a planned resumption of the competition next month. His partner and their assistant at home have also been tested.
Meanwhile, nine other Atletico players showed antibodies to the virus in the tests on Friday, but it is understood they are no longer contagious and will therefore be able to train with the rest of their team-mates.
Atletico have made no comment on the reports.
Catalan Broadcaster RAC1 claims 5 LaLiga players positive
Five LaLiga players have tested positive for coronavirus. According to Calalan broadcaster RAC1, in the first round of tests for Covid-19 ahead of a possible return to playing three players from the top flight have tested positive along with two from the Segunda, the second division. The names of the players have not been revealed. These findings are preliminary with more results still expected. LaLiga are waiting for all the tests to be completed before making a public announcement.
Real Madrid to start training on Monday
Real Madrid have announced that they will return to training on Monday after carrying out coronavirus tests on their first-team squad this week. Los Blancos’ players were back at the club’s Valdebebas base on Wednesday for Covid-19 examinations and have been given the green light to restart individual training after those tests came back clear. LaLiga clubs were given permission to resume activities on an individual basis this week after the government lightened lockdown restrictions as part of a four-phase de-escalation plan.
Coach Zinedine Zidane met his players on Wednesday and chatted briefly with each member of his squad, respecting the recommended social distancing measures. Madrid went into quarantine on March 12 after a member of the club’s basketball team, Trey Thompkins, tested positive for coronavirus. The 2019-20 LaLiga season was suspended later that day.
LaLiga president Javier Tebas has said he hopes the competition can restart in June, although there is currently no official date set for its resumption. Real are second in LaLiga with 27 rounds played, two points behind fierce rivals Barcelona. The Catalans returned to training on Friday.