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Real Madrid suffer blow, key man to miss Bilbao clash

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Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has come into contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 and will now miss their next clash.

Real Madrid’s preparations for a crucial clash with Athletic Club on Sunday have been rocked by the news that Toni Kroos must take in a period of self-isolation.

The German midfielder has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, meaning that he must now stay away from the Blancos’ main group.

Kroos has not contracted coronavirus himself, but every precaution is being taken to help prevent any spread within Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

A statement released on the club’s official website reads: “Real Madrid CF reports that our player Toni Kroos is in isolation as he has been in direct contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, although all the tests that have been carried out on the player have been negative.”

Zidane would have been hoping to have all of those not nursing injuries available to him for a trip to Bilbao.

Victory in that fixture is imperative for Real in their ongoing efforts to successfully defend their La Liga title.

They sit second in the table at present, two points behind neighbours Atletico Madrid with two games left to take in.

While Zidane does have options to cover any absence for Kroos, he does find himself short on options in defence and that could prove to be decisive on Sunday.