Real Madrid hit by latest Covid surge as four first-team players test positive

Four down as La Liga-leaders Real Madrid hit by latest Covid-19 outbreak

Vinícius Júnior among four to test positive

Real Madrid can add their name to the list of clubs across Europe that have been affected by the latest Covid-19 surge on the continent after four in the Los Blancos first-team have tested positive thanks to the new and dominant Omicron variant.

Per Spanish outlet TodoMercadoWeb, Brazilian starlet Vinícius Júnior, Belgian shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois, Federico Valverde, and summer signing Eduardo Camavinga have all tested positive for Covid.

According to the report, all players have gone into isolation per standard protocols surrounding the virus.

This comes in the run-up to an away day and regional rivalry against Getafe CF for Madrid on 2 January, just when relegation-threatened Azulones have found a decent run of late in the form of a five-match unbeaten run (2-3-0) which included a credible 0-0 draw against Athletic Club.

Real Marid comfortably in control at La Liga summit

Despite the recent Covid-19 hit to the squad that is sure to temporarily deny access to some of Carlo Ancelotti’s key first-team assets, Real Madrid remains comfortable at the top of La Liga during a season where – thus far – every club has truly failed to push the capital outfit.

Four down as La Liga-leaders Real Madrid hit by latest Covid-19 outbreakFour down as La Liga-leaders Real Madrid hit by latest Covid-19 outbreak

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 03: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on November 03, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

With the difficult campaigns on display in Catalonia as well as across town at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid seems destined to lift their 35th La Liga title and compound their already record-setting figure which would see them go nine clear of bitter rivals Barcelona.

Madrid is also expected to push on the continent when Champions League play resumes in February with the round of 16, and a tricky two-legged affair against Paris Saint-Germain and possible summer acquisition Kylian Mbappé offers a considerable stepping stone to Ancelotti’s men.

Regardless, no one will be frustrated by an “easier” road to probable continued La Liga success at the expense of the club’s biggest rivals all well behind the pace in 2021-22.

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