Eden Hazard and Casemiro tested positive for coronavirus, Real Madrid announced.
The pair will miss Madrid’s La Liga match in Valencia on Sunday night, and next week’s international matches for their respective countries Belgium and Brazil.
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“Our players Casemiro and Hazard tested positive for COVID-19 carried out yesterday Friday morning,” the club said in a statement. The rest of the players and coaching staff of the first team, as well as the club employees who work directly with them, tested negative in the same tests carried out yesterday.
In addition, we confirm that all, except Casemiro and Hazard, have returned negative in the tests carried out this morning ”.
Hazard had returned from injury in recent weeks, making his first appearance of the season as a substitute for Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on October 27 before scoring his first goal in more than a year against Huesca in La Liga on Last weekend.
The forward endured a stoppage and injury debut season at Real Madrid, missing much of the season after suffering a broken ankle in November and again in February.
After a successful return to this club, he had been called up by Belgian coach Roberto Martínez for his next matches against Switzerland, England and Denmark.
Casemiro was to appear for Brazil in their World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Uruguay.
Hazard and Casemiro are the highest profile Real Madrid players to date to test positive for COVID-19.
The two started in Madrid’s 3-2 Champions League win over Inter Milan on Tuesday.
Defender Eder Militao missed that game after testing positive last Sunday.
The club’s B-team, Real Madrid Castilla, had a game postponed last weekend after three players tested positive and another returned an inconclusive result.
Players from team B are sometimes called upon to train with the first team, as well as to join teams of the day when necessary.