Real Madrid have confirmed that David Alaba has tested positive for coronavirus.
Alaba only signed for the club this summer after the Bayern Munich contract expired. During his time with Die Roten, the Austrian only made shy of 450 appearances in all competitions and won a lot of silver on the road. This included two Champions League titles, 10 Bundesliga titles and several other domestic and continental awards.
When it became clear that he would leave Bayern at the end of the season, many clubs from all over Europe were interested. But Alaba only had eyes for Real Madrid.
However, his Los Blancos career has had a less than ideal start, but the club confirmed its positive test in a club statement released on Wednesday.
Now Alaba will be forced to train away from the main group in a significant blow against Carlo Ancelotti’s preparations for the season. His infection may also be part of a larger Covid-19 outbreak within the club, although there is no suggestion that is the case yet.
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Real Madrid still have plenty of time until their La Liga curtain raise against Alaves on Saturday 14 August, a game that Alaba should be available to prevent further complications.
Los Blancos will need their new arrival pass and firing and that they look particularly weak in the back, after the departure from starting defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. This leaves Ancelotti with Alaba, Eder Militao, Nacho and Jesus Vallejo to choose from for the coming season.
Due to financial uncertainty, it also does not seem likely that they will add their squad before the transfer window closes. Meanwhile, their La Liga rivals have strengthened their ranks. Barcelona have made several additions and champions Atletico Madrid have signed Copa America winner Rodrigo de Paul.