Real Madrid convinced Mariano's coronavirus case is isolated incident

Real Madrid convinced Mariano Diaz’s coronavirus case is an isolated incident but have warned players to take extra care after striker tested positive following holiday at resort just outside Barcelona less than two weeks before Manchester City game

  • Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week
  • Mariano returned from a short holiday and was tested by the club on Monday
  • He is now in quarantine for two weeks but the club say he is ‘in perfect health’ 
  • Real are hopeful it is an isolated incident but told players to be extra-vigilant 
  • UK re-imposed requirement for travellers from Spain to have 14 days in isolation
  • City and Real are set to conclude their last-16 Champions League tie next Friday 

Real Madrid are convinced Mariano Diaz’s coronavirus case was an isolated incident, but have told their players to be extra-vigilant in the lead-up to next week’s Champions League last-16 second leg against the backdrop of a rise of 413 per cent in cases in just one week in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid players were all tested at their homes on Monday and when Mariano’s result showed positive he was told not to report to the Valdebebas training ground for the first session on Tuesday, so Madrid are satisfied that he had no contact with team-mates.

A decision taken by Real Madrid medical director Niko Mihic for players not to report to training to have the test but to instead be tested at home, has prevented a possible outbreak.

Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz has tested positive for coronavirus after returning to the club

Diaz returned from a short holiday after the LaLiga season finished and was tested on Monday

The Spanish giants are due to play Manchester City in the Champions League next Friday 

Madrid are also satisfied that Mariano did not mix with team-mates while on holiday. 

He went to the Premia de Mar coastal resort just outside of Barcelona for his break after the final day of the league season.

He was born there, he still has family there, and one of his brothers plays for a local club. The area has been one of the hotspots for rising cases in recent weeks.

But asides from concerns at Real Madrid over the Mariano case El Pais reported on Wednesday that cases of coronavirus in the last week have risen by 413 percent in Madrid.

On July 20 the total of cases reported in the previous week stood at 269, seven days later on July 27 the total of cases for the previous week stood at 1,381.

The 26-year-old took to Instagram to express gratitude to fans and a desire to return to training

Madrid have not changed their protocol of tests every five days but they have reminded players of their responsibilities once they leave the Valdebebas complex.

When La Liga restarted in the second week of June, president Javier Tebas had favoured the idea of players being in lockdown in team hotels when not training. 

Players were not happy with the idea and in the end it was shelved.

But clubs took responsibility for ensuring that players did not need to leave their homes to go on shopping errands and the Mariano shock has reinforced the idea that when not at training, players should be at home and minimising contact beyond family members. 

It remains to be seen how the positive test will impact the game against Manchester City

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