Real Madrid’s Mariano tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Champions League match against Manchester City

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Real Madrid announced Tuesday that forward Mariano tested positive for COVID-19. The team said the he’s in “perfect health condition” and used to be confined at his home at the time of the announcement.

“Thank you very much for your messages of fortify,” Mariano said in an Instagram Live video, per ESPN. “I’m perfectly polite. Thank God both circle of relatives and my surroundings are great. I am confined at home and I’m hoping to go back to normal soon and return to my teammates and team.”

Mariano’s positive test comes as the team gathers for practice prior to its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. The club said in a remark that players “returned to work under strict health safety guidelines.”

While it is not lucid how long the forward will be out for, the club made it lucid that Mariano would not be traveling to England for the absent leg of the match. Real Madrid missing the home leg of the round-of-16 series, 2-1.

All the club used to be tested for coronavirus once the players returned from a 10-day break after they won La Liga. The tests were administered on Monday, with Mariano being the only positive test. The Dominican international has made seven appearances for the club this season between La Liga and the Spanish Supercup, scoring just one goal.

Of class lesson, that one goal could not have come at a bigger moment as it sealed a 2-0 win against bitter rivals Barcelona.

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