Real Madrid have confirmed that right-back Dani Carvajal has tested positive for Covid-19.
Carvajal played 90 minutes of Real’s 3-2 victory over Barcelona in the Super Cup semi-final on Wednesday but will now not play a role in the final as the rules in Saudi Arabia, where the tournament is being held, say he must isolate himself for seven days.
Real have confirmed the results, but AS states that they are currently awaiting the results of a second PCR test to determine if this is a true positive or a false one.
So far, no one else in the Real squad has tested positive for the virus in Saudi Arabia.
Should this bad news be confirmed, Carlo Ancelotti must find out what he is going to do on the right back. He will probably choose the versatile Lucas Vazquez, who replaced Carvajal in overtime against Barcelona.
Moving midfielders Eder Militao or Nacho Fernandez wide out may not be an option as Ancelotti is still sweating over the fitness of David Alaba, who missed the semi-final with a muscle injury.
Gareth Bale is also not expected to be included due to his latest mysterious injury, and neither is reserve striker Mariano Diaz, but Ancelotti does not have too many significant injury concerns to contend with.
Real are preparing to face Athletic Club, who booked their place in Sunday’s final with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid. Late goals from Yeray and young Nico Williams saw Athletic come from behind and put them one step closer to retaining their title.
Athletic dumped Real out of the Super Cup last season but are at a disadvantage for this one, after falling to ninth place in La Liga.
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