Three La Liga sides- Valencia CF, RCD Mallorca and RCD Espanyol have reported a total of four COVID-19 positive cases within their squad, soon as the Spanish football clubs had initiated their pre season training.
On the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 La Liga season was suspended back on 12th March, and restarted after three months of postponement. Valencia was one of the worst hit clubs in the virus outbreak, as almost one third of the club had tested positive for COVID back in March.
As the preparation for the 2020-21 season starts which is scheduled to begin from 12th September, a new wave of novel Coronavirus cases has hit La Liga.
In late July, Real Madrid forward Mariano Díaz had tested positive, followed by Sevilla midfielder Nemanja Gudelj. Šime Vrsaljko and Ángel Correa of Atlético Madrid were also found COVID positive last Saturday, and now with the new cases in Valencia, Mallorca and Espanyol, a new woe hits the Spanish football scene.
Valencia reports two COVID positive cases
On Tuesday, Valencia announced that two individuals within the club’s first team had tested COVID-19 positive, just after the squad returned for pre season training under new coach Javi Gracia.
An official statement from the club said that the affected personnel are to be kept under home isolation. However, their identities have been kept undisclosed.
“The PCR and blood serum tests carried out on Monday for the first team, coaching staff and employees have detected two positive cases of COVID-19,” Valencia’s statement read.
“Those who have tested positive will remain isolated in their homes, in accordance with LaLiga and club protocols. The health authorities have been informed immediately of their status,” the club statement added.
The club has further said that a thorough fitness check and medical examination for all the players will be done in accordance to all COVID-19 protocols.
Mallorca, Espanyol report one COVID cases each
Mallorca and Espanyol, both of whom were relegated to the Segunda División, have found one COVID-19 case in each of their squad, with both of their identities kept secret.
“Routine tests carried out yesterday on the first team, coaching staff and working personnel of RCD Mallorca have detected a positive case of COVID-19,” Mallorca reported on their official website. The club has also decided individual training for all players until further tests are done.
Espanyol reported an asymptomatic COVID case within the club, and is currently isolated at home. They also said to conduct PCR tests of the whole first team squad, coaches and support staffs on Thursday.
“Until the results of this second test are obtained, the training sessions will have to be done individually, as stated in the action protocol for the return to training of the LaLiga teams,” Espanyol’s official statement added.