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Real Madrid dealt blow as another player contracts COVID-19

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Karim Benzema now isn’t the only Los Blancos star not allowed in training as another player has been forced into quarantine.

David Alaba has tested positive for COVID-19, Real Madrid confirmed on Wednesday.

Alaba, in accordance with the health protocols in Spain, will now have to observe self-isolation for the next 10 days.

The Austria international was expected to make his Real Madrid debut in the pre-season friendly against AC Milan on August 8, which could now be delayed unless he tests negative on the day of the match.

He becomes the second player in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad to get infected by the widespread virus after Karim Benzema, who went into quarantine last week.

An official statement on the club website read: “Real Madrid C. F. would like to notify that our player, David Alaba, has tested positive for COVID-19.”

Real Madrid kick-off their 2021-22 La Liga season with a trip to Alaves on August 14.

Alaba, who joined the club on a free transfer after running down his Bayern Munich contract, is expected to slot straight into the starting XI, especially considering Los Blancos will be without both long-serving first-choice center-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the upcoming season.