Real Madrid have confirmed another five players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19.
Los Blancos revealed on Wednesday that Luka Modric and Marcelo had gone into quarantine after returning positive test results for the virus.
Having also seen positive cases appear in the basketball team, Madrid-based newspaper Marca reported on Thursday morning that the club were fearing a full-blown outbreak at their Valdebebas training base.
The first team now has at least seven members of the playing and coaching staff with coronavirus.
Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Andriy Lunin and Rodrygo are the latest players to have contracted COVID-19, while Carlo Ancelotti’s son and technical assistant Davide was the one coach named on the list.
All will be absent for Madrid’s final two matches of 2021 – the visit of Cadiz on Sunday and trip to Athletic Bilbao three days later.
However, there also remains the possibility that Madrid’s matches are postponed either on medical grounds or due to a lack of players if there are further positive cases confirmed.
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