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Bale joins list of six Real Madrid players positive for Covid-19 as situation worsens at Liga club

15:40 GMT 16/12/2021
Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2021-22
Marco Asensio, Andriy Lunin, Rodrygo, Luka Modric and Marcelo are the other first-team players affected, as well as assistant coach Davide Ancelotti

Real Madrid have confirmed that Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Andriy Lunin and Rodrygo have all tested positive for Covid-19.

That's in addition to Luka Modric and Marcelo, whom the Liga club revealed had both recorded positive coronavirus tests on December 15, while assistant coach Davide Ancelotti is also required to self-isolate.

It remains to be seen if Madrid's league meeting with Cadiz, scheduled to take place on December 19, will go ahead, although the news regarding a total of seven positive cases within the club across the past 48 hours will be of concern.

What's been said?

Madrid issued a statement on December 16 confirming that four additional players, and Carlo Ancelotti's son Davide, had recorded positive Covid-19 tests.

The statement read: "Real Madrid CF reports that our players Asensio, Bale, Lunin and Rodrygo, and our technical assistant Davide Ancelotti have tested positive for Covid-19."

Will Real Madrid's fixture against Cadiz go ahead?

As it stands, Madrid are still due to play their Liga match against Cadiz on Sunday, December 19.

The rule in Spain's top flight states that if 13 first-team outfield players, plus a goalkeeper, are available to play then the match needs to be fulfilled.

However, given the situation in Madrid, and the possibility of more positive cases being recorded, there is a chance that the game will be called off.

What Covid protocols are in place in La Liga?

The governing body for football in Spain (RFEF) released a statement on December 16 to clarify the Covid-19 protocols in place amid the rising cases affecting top-flight football in the country.

In summary, players are required to carry out PCR tests every 15 days, while pre-game pleasantries, including the shaking of hands before a match starts, will not take place.

La Liga will pause for the traditional winter break on December 22, after Athletic Club's meeting with Real Madrid, with the action resuming on December 31.

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