138 positive Covid-19 cases registered in La Liga

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La Liga has confirmed that 138 cases of Covid-19 have been registered ahead of the league’s return on 31 December.

The news comes after the Spanish government announced that top games would be played in front of reduced capacity – down to 75% after three months with a full audience.

La Liga’s high frequency of infections comes despite the fact that the competition has a winter break – something that Premier League fans have called for in light of the latest Covid problems in England’s top clubs.

Barcelona is one of the most affected sides with 10 positive cases this week. Philippe Coutinho, Dani Alves, Gavi and Jordi Alba are among the first team players who have tested positive and will be unavailable for Sunday’s meeting with Mallorca.

Real Madrid have only registered four cases, but they are all for important first team players. The club’s breakout star 2021 Vinicius Jr – who has scored 12 goals and assisted seven so far this season – has tested positive along with first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and midfielders Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.

The other top club in La Liga, Atletico Madrid, is also affected with five members of the first team squad and Diego Simeone who all tested positive. As a result, Atleti will have to do without their manager for their match with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

The worst affected club in Spain’s top class is Elche, which has reported 12 positive cases. Despite this rate of infection, according to Marca, there are currently no plans to postpone any of the weekend’s matches.

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