Real Madrid forward Diaz tests positive for COVID-19, says club

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Spanish Super Cup Final – Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid – King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – January 12, 2020 Atletico Madrid’s Felipe in action with Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

(Reuters) – Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz has tested positive for COVID-19, the Spanish champions said on Tuesday, casting doubt on his participation in their Champions League tie at Manchester City next week.

Real said tests were conducted on the squad on Monday and that though Diaz was in “perfect health”, he would be self-isolating at home.

Real, who trail Manchester City 2-1 from the first leg of their last-16 tie before the pandemic suspended the competition in March, are set to play the Premier League side in the second leg on Aug. 8 at the Etihad.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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