Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has the latest on Eden Hazard testing positive for Covid-19. (0:32)
Eden Hazard and Casemiro have both tested positive for the coronavirus, Real Madrid have announced.
The pair will miss Madrid’s La Liga match away at Valencia on Sunday, and next week’s international fixtures for their respective countries, Belgium and Brazil.
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“Our players Casemiro and Hazard tested positive in the COVID-19 tests carried out yesterday on Friday morning,” the club said in a statement. “The rest of the players and first team coaching staff, as well as club employees who work directly with them, tested negative in the same tests carried out yesterday.
“Additionally, we confirm that all of them, except Casemiro and Hazard, have tested negative again in the tests carried out this morning.”
Speaking at his prematch news conference ahead of the game against Valencia, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said: “They’re OK, although they aren’t happy with what’s happened. In terms of morale and physically, they’re OK. They don’t have many symptoms. I left them a message and I’ll talk to them later. It can happen, we have to accept it.
“It happens. It could be worse. We have to accept it and keep going as a team. The strength is in the group. There are worse things, people are going through worse. But yes, it’s a bit unsettling because training was very different today.”
Hazard had made his comeback from injury in recent weeks, making his first appearance of the season as a substitute away at Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Oct. 27 before scoring his first goal in over a year against Huesca in La Liga last weekend.
The forward endured a stop-start, injury-hit debut season at Real Madrid, missing much of the campaign after suffering an ankle fracture in November and again in February. Read from source….